We are called to choose life by loving and obeying God

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

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W20200216-EPI6_01In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We too are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.

Readings and Psalm

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Choose life
Psalm 119:1-8
Happy are they who follow the teaching of the Lord. (Ps. 119:1)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
God gives the growth
Matthew 5:21-37
The teaching of Christ: forgiveness