In worship we were reminded that the key points in the commandments are (1) loving God and (2) loving our neighbor (thank you Collect of the Day), and that God’s plan for us is to be united with one heart and pure affection – something that is possible through Jesus’ redeeming work. Our Old Testament reading from Genesis was the account of the engagement and wedding of Isaac and Rebekah, and how their relationship helped bring solace to Isaac after Sarah’s death. Our Psalm today reminds us that God seeks after humanity like the prince for his princess. Our Gospel reading from Matthew shined a light on the hypocrisy in Jesus’ time and reminds us that whatever burden we have, if we share it with Jesus the burden is lessened. Today’s sermon focused on the lesson from Paul’s letter to the Romans. Paul appears to be saying that we are stuck because sin is always near at hand (something that we know all too well), but it is important to remember that because of Jesus, sin doesn’t hold sway and we are called from the comfort of our closeness to sin to move forward with God into the challenging places of life.

Where are you walking with God and moving forward? I invite your comments,

Readings: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:11-18; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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