Deut 34:1-12 – PS 90:1-6, 13-17 – 1 Thess 2:1-8 – Matt 22:34-46
Intro to the Readings
From Deuteronomy we listen as Israel’s leader, Moses, dies and everyone weeps. When some leaders die not everyone weeps. But the Israelites weep for thirty days.
Psalm 90 has been printed with the sub-title A Prayer of Moses, the Man of God. The Psalm is a communal lament that acknowledges the mortality of humankind and that God is God from age to age – from everlasting to everlasting.
Saint Paul writes to the Thessalonians to “please God who tests our hearts.” He does not write to please human hearts.
In the Gospel we listen as the Lord is asked “which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Listen to his answer and pay attention to the question the Lord asks.
Let us mourn with those who mourn in our world today, and let us rejoice that David’s Lord has come to us in the Messiah.