Homily by the Reverend Mitzi Noble
How can I love my neighbors, if I don't like them?
Since, we are on a weekly journey, if you did not hear the sermon last week, there are copies at the back of the Church if you desire to have one.
Last week, I was honored to hear from many of you and appreciate your guidance and comments regarding the Church at large and Emmanuel specifically. I will be available for a little while after service today as well. Again, I repeat, the Holy Spirit is among us with the promise of God's presence.
Matthew's Gospel is showing the intensity of Jesus' teachings as he nears Jerusalem. As we saw last week, the Sadducees were trying to challenge - actually trick - Jesus, by using the teachings of the Covenant and understanding of the Law, taught by the Jews, with whom, Jesus was one.
Today, the Pharisees get into the discussion after seeing how Jesus stifled the Sadducees. Today's Gospel shows the same trickery: Which one of the Ten Commandments is the most important?