October 29, 2023 (Reformation Sunday)
Jesus tells us that there are two great commandments: Love God (with everything you have!) and Love your Neighbor as Yourself.
One of Martin Luther’s Reformation re-discoveries was that Loving God IS Loving your neighbor. You cannot love God simply by doing “holy” or church things, but this must live itself out in service to the neighbor.
However, in serving and loving our neighbor, we discover a big problem: We don’t have enough love and we feel like we’ve hit a wall.
Turns out (and why I like this image) that sometimes hitting a wall is really running into the cross.
And that is precisely where we can find the Gospel.
The image comes from a consulting firm website.