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Homily by Melinda Kearns
Ordinary Sunday 30, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 25, 2020

Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

‘How long, O God?’

After thinking about the lectionary readings today, I would like to pose some questions. I don’t think, if we’re being honest with ourselves, that there are easy answers to some of the problems that the Bible poses and I’m not going to propose any either, so I apologise in advance for being a bit of a downer.

This year, we’ve all been inundated with stories of grace and selfishness, injustice and kindness. We’ve seen stories on the front page of newspapers of teenagers complaining that they didn’t get to wear their dream formal dress because of lockdowns while the second page showed us photos of cities in flames as people protested for their rights for their democracy, safety or equality. We had people saying that social isolation is a “human rights abuse” while police knelt on people’s necks for being born black.

Meanwhile, in one of our readings today, Jesus tells us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds and to love our neighbours as ourselves. Everywhere we look, we can point at people who would seem to only see the differences between themselves and others, who would appear, by their actions, to neither acknowledge God nor to love their neighbour. How do we love our neighbour the racist cop? The person who refuses to believe in Covid-19? Anyone who yells “fake news” when they’re disagreed with?

How do we love our God and our neighbour in an increasingly angry, dangerous, lawless and unfair world?

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