When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Matthew 22:34-36
When I was in law school, particularly in my first-year classes, I was subjected to the Socratic method of teaching. Based on the teaching method of the Greek philosopher Socrates, this method involves a seemingly never ending series of questions designed to have students develop critical thinking. Typically it is the teacher asking the questions, but the real core of this style of teaching is the back and forth until either you arrive at a fallacy or a synthesis.
In Chapter 22 of Matthew, Jesus has entered Jerusalem, and the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday will soon occur. Jesus has been teaching in Parables, and the Pharisees and Sadducees have been responding with questions. The Pharisees first ask about paying taxes, then the Sadducees about the resurrection, and now we return to a question from a Pharisee lawyer. This series of questions and answers was commonplace for rabbis. Jesus brings a questioning to a close by offering an answer that synthesizes the 613 laws in the Torah. Jesus makes the life-giving connection between the love of God and the love of neighbor and self.
Join us tonight as we explore this connection and seek a deeper relationship with God, ourselves, and each other. Worship is at 6 pm and supper follows. Remember to wear a mask. You can join us at Trinity Commons or on Zoom (bulletin). Please note we have updated our Zoom settings, so the new short link is http://bit.ly/TrinityCommonsZoom.
Upcoming Special Events
Tues, Nov. 3 at 6:30 pm
Election Day Evensong
Join us for a special service of prayers for our country.
Sat. Nov. 7 at 11 am
to the Priesthood
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Sun. Nov. 15 at 6 pm
Bishop Sloan’s Visitation
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Here are the links to the Sermon on the Mount Series:
Taking Torah Seriously
You are salt and light
Pray then in this way
Do not worry