On Reformation Sunday, coming up on October 29, we’ll read the traditional readings from Jeremiah, Romans, and John, so we’ll miss the Pharisees testing Jesus in Matthew 22.34-46. The Pharisees realize that Jesus stumped the Sadducees, and so they try themselves with a question about the greatest commandment. Expecting to get a law, they instead get love. Jesus said to them, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
How often do we expect law? We are comfortable with it, and often prefer it to the good news.
But even when we would prefer the law we are ever-surprised with God’s love – not a bad Reformation Day lesson to remember.