The Ground Between Us

"You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart ... soul ... mind ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself" 

Matthew 22:37,39
Exodus 22:20-26; Psalm 18:2-4,47,51; I Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40

Ordained Presbyterian minister the late Rev. Fred Rogers, also known to millions as Mr. Rogers, once said in an interview:

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors — in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver. Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other’s achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain. You can’t really love someone else unless you really love yourself first. Real strength has to do with helping others.”

I think we can all agree — that’s darn good theology from Mr. Rogers.

The command to love God cannot be understood if we regard the one that follows — “Love your neighbor” — as a separate command.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus is asked,…

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