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October 21

Elementary:

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was frustrated with people who only talk about doing good things but never lifted a finger to help others.

Have you ever said you would do something and not do it after all? Have you ever done something just to receive a reward and not because it was the right thing to do – in other words saying "I'd do it but what is in it for me?"

People get to know our God in the ways we let God work in our actions – if we refuse to do good and put our love of Jesus into our actions, people have a tougher time finding God in the world .

Let's pray: Jesus, help us to choose the loving kind thing to do, as best we can, so people may know you though us. Bless our words and deeds. Amen.

In the name of the father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.​


High School: 

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Today we look at ourselves to see if we practice what we preach – or are we just full of hot air and empty "nice" words.  Jesus was frustrated with people who only talk about doing good things but never lifted a finger to help others.

Luke's exciting story goes like this (11:42-46):

'But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.'

One of the lawyers answered him, 'Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.' And he said, 'Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Jesus' saying "woe" is not like saying "whoa" to a horse to get them to stop.  Jesus' "woe" is an exclamation of sadness in those people who claim to speak about God's love but do not live a loving life. These kinds of people give a false image of God.  People get to know our God in the ways God works good things through our lives – if we refuse to do good and put our faith into our actions, people have a tougher time seeing God in their world or their lives.   Our call is to give people and experience of God's crazy abundant love – not just talk about it.

Let us bring the face of Jesus to others in all that we do!

In the name of the father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.