Sunday readings reflection: plain talk

September 11, 2022
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091122.cfm

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-32

“A man had two sons.”
-Luke 15:11

At the time of Christ, it is said that the Pharisees had 613 laws the faithful Jew would need to follow to get to heaven. All of them were (are) biblically based laws governing the conduct of the faithful. Rules 13-15, from Deutoronomy and Leviticus, teach of love for others–love your neighbor as yourself, love the convert, and do not hate your brother in your heart (https://www.jmu.edu/dukehallgallery/exhibitions-past-2018-2019/the-613-mitzvot.shtml). In many ways, Jesus’ teachings emphasize these same rules. Yet with Jesus it is made personal and accessible with plain talk. Jesus’ teachings on justice and mercy tell us of a shepherd, a woman with a coin, and a man with two sons. There are no theological terms, no talk of eschatology, no numeric sequence of rules, just stories of love and mercy, outlining the kind of mercy God shows us and the love we are called to live. Every day. In all ways. 

Jesus came to teach love so to save us. God made manifest, he became one of us and one with us with plain talk.

My Lord Jesus, thank you for unraveling the mystery of the ways of God with plain talk. What I cannot understand in a study of God’s word was made accessible by you, the Word made flesh. May I ever follow your commands of love and mercy, in your name. Amen

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3 thoughts on “Sunday readings reflection: plain talk

    1. Surprisingly not. Each of them are rooted in Bible teachings. Honestly a little surprised but I think what Jesus countered was a legalistic view and a harsh policing of them (a policing not held up for those who enforced them).

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