Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lectionary 19 A - Psalm 85:8-13

Psalm 85:8-13
There is no peace when righteousness is held captive to self and salvation is defined by doctrines devoid of compassion or mercy. Salvation near to you is near to me for the way faithful people turn their hearts to God is to turn their hearts and hands towards their neighbor. You cannot love God without loving your neighbor. Or as Jesus will say, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)  So when steadfast love and faithfulness meet together righteousness and peace engage in PDA (public display of affection) and the people prosper. All this is made possible by Jesus, betrayed by a friend with a kiss, who by his death and resurrection became the righteousness that goes before the Lord so that in “Peace be with you” faithfulness might spring up in the most unexpected of places, the human heart. 

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