God, Self & Other – Luke 34 – Beware Loveless Piety

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Jesus accepts the dinner invitation of a prominent Pharisee – a meeting that immediately erupts in scandal, as Jesus forgoes the ritual washing expected by his host.

It leads to Jesus declaring a series of “woes” – like those of the early Hebrew prophets – condemning the Pharisees for dedicating such energy to the tiniest details of ritual while managing to ignore the greatest commandment of all: to love.

For those of us who’ve been in church a while, it is a reminder that religious action without love is no virtue.


The text for this episode is Luke 11:37-54 (NRSV)

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