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Season after Pentecost | 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; (Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1;) 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
Last fall, our congregation presented Bibles to some of our elementary school kids. This is a longstanding tradition here, to provide each child of reading age with their very own grown-up Bible. When we hand out the Bibles, I always call the kids forward and tell them that it is a special gift from their church family, because we think it's important that everyone have a Bible to read for themselves.
Have you ever been inordinately annoyed by someone else's clothing? I have, and in my experience this is a classic indicator of what this week's Leviticus reading calls “hating someone in my heart.” When I'm repressing anger or frustration, I suddenly notice the hideously out-of-date belt my relative is wearing, or the way-too-short-in-every-inseam pantsuit my co-worker has on. The clothes are never the true offense, of course, but they send off alarms: time to speak up.
In Jesus' time, a rabbi's yoke was a set of teachings—that which was required of you. The Lord's "easy and gentle" yoke makes most sense to me in light of our yearning for clarity about what is essential.