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Will the Ink of Our Prayers Ever Dry?

The Rev. Wilbert S. Miller
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity-Manhattan
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (July 10, 2016)
Luke 10: 25-37
“Will the Ink of Our Prayers Ever Dry?”

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  You have wondered this or you probably would not be here this morning.  The lawyer-perhaps more appropriately called the “religious scholar”-asked the identical question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus’ responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”  Every good Jewish person knows these words from Deuteronomy; they are placed in mezuzahs, those little cases on their homes’ doorposts.  Jewish parents pray these words with their children before going to bed, almost like “Now I lay me down to sleep.”

But note well: to inherit eternal life, Jesus didn’t just say, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might;” he added these words from Leviticus, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

While we come here this morning because we care deeply about our relationship with God, Jesus presses us to care for our neighbors as well.  Could it be that in loving our neighbors, we catch a fuller vision of the Lord our God? (more…)