September 10. 2017
Pentecost 14A
Romans 13:8-10



Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)


In this week’s epistle reading St. Paul reminds us that it’s all about love. All the commandments are summed up in love because love always does the right thing. As the Beatle’s reminded us, “All you need is love.” Yet it’s not that easy.


It’s not easy because many of us have never experienced true love. We have experienced shades of love, incomplete love, and distorted love, but seldom have we come across “holy love.” The origin of the word “holy” comes from the Old English word for “whole.” Incomplete love abounds. We confuse love with sex, we confuse love with narcissism, we confuse love with commercialism, we confuse love with codependency, we even confuse love with hate.


This week’s song tells the story of someone whose life had become empty in the heart and the soul and how they stumbled upon Christ suddenly and powerfully present in the world. This encounter at a table, a feast of unconditional grace, unexpectedly leads to falling into a holy love, and the start of a new life filled to overflowing with a passion to love and serve the stranger who is now neighbor. When we truly experience love, everything changes.


      1. The Table (I Fell Into Love) - Greg Ronning


I was feeling kind of empty
When I saw her standing there
Living on the street
And no one seemed to care
My heart grew heavy
I began to fade away
Then I was gone
Nothing to say


I was feeling kind of weak
When a man came up to me
Can you spare some change
I pretended not to see
My heart grew heavy
I began to fade away
Then I was gone
Nothing to say


I was feeling kind of broken
Just trying to survive
Uncomfortably numb
I sat down and I cried
My heart grew heavy
I began to fade away
Then I was gone
Nothing to say


Someone tapped my shoulder
Invited me inside
Brought me to a table
A feast for my poor eyes
This is my body
This is my blood
Arms opened wide
I fell into love


She was still out on the street
And I felt kind of strong
He still needed some change
And I was singing this song
I opened up my heart
I gave what I could give
Arms opened wide
I began to live





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