Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost – Mark 12:28-34

Grace, peace and mercy to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

To so many who stand outside the Christian Church, and I might add, a good many who are inside the church, the Christian Faith is all about the rules. If you do what God wants, if you obey the Ten Commandments, you’ll get into heaven. Jesus will fix a good place for you. Well God knows and the Bible tells us that no matter how hard we try to keep God’s commands, we make mistakes, we let God down.

So to make up for our shortcomings, our failures, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to remind us of God’s expectations of us, but also to fulfil these expectations perfectly. Jesus both tells us God’s greatest commandment and he brings us his great promise.

Heavenly Father, sanctify us in the truth, your Word is truth. Amen.

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