I chose not to drive to Knox and St. Mark’s this Sunday because the roads were a curling rink! The Highways Hotline said that travel was not recommended between Regina and Belle Plain on (a small town on the way between me and both congregations) Highway 1 , by the way, I tend not to be too concerned about that hotline, except Highway 1. When they say don’t drive on Highway 1 . . . I don’t drive on it. I did it once and a 45 minute trip turned into two hours of white knuckled terror (slight hyperbole).
The main idea for this sermon came from the Mark reading for this Sunday. There is something about the human condition that wants to create rules and commandments and laws. This isn’t anything to be ashamed of but it is something to be aware of. If we see this tendency in ourselves, or at least admit that it might be there, how can we resist it? One of the best ways is to see how many laws Jesus thought we should have. When he was asked which was the greatest law he answered with the greatest and the one most like it and quit. If we are willing to look carefully at these two greatest laws, we will probably see that every other law actually falls under them, i.e. if we get these two greatest laws right, we’ll probably be able to handle any others.
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Sermon: How many laws do we need?
Photo credit: Jason Clermont
Date: November 4, 2012
Liturgical Sunday:Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
RCL Scripture: Psalm 146; Ruth 1:1-18; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34
Sermon Title: How many laws do we need?