Questions for going deeper with the Scriptures for Sunday, June 17th
Love. It’s both a noun and a verb. Yet often times it seems like in the church we’re better at talking about it as a concept, subject or noun as opposed to actively, creatively and imaginatively doing it. As I wrestle with the passage for this Sunday I’m struck by the two encounters including in the proposed reading. The first is a hypothetical situation posed as a philosophical conundrum by the religious rulers of the day (the Sadducees). Jesus responds directly, bluntly telling them that their question isn’t the correct one to be asking. Rather than dealing in hypotheticals, they should be living in reality, not wondering who is the neighbor they should love, but actually practicing what they preach. I read that and wonder how it interrogates me and challenges my life? How do I practice love more as a noun than as a verb? And is it an either/or situations or a both/and one?