Amos 7:7-17

Proper 10

July 11, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Amos 7:7-17
Reading 3: 
Colossians 1:1-14
Reading 4: 
Luke 10:25-37
Alt Reading 1: 
Deuteronomy 30:9-14
By Russell Pregeant

The gospel reading could be combined with the Amos text to good effect in a sermon stressing the inclusiveness that characterizes God’s love and is hence required of those who follow Christ. The introduction to the parable of the Good Samarian in Luke 10:25-29 sets the stage as Jesus endorses the lawyer’s summation of the law in the dual love commandment. And the parable itself, combined with the conclusion of the pericope in vv. 36-37, provides a specific focus on the “other”—the outsider, the enemy, the unacceptable one—as the unlikely neighbor to whom one owes one’s love.

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