New Hymns for the Lectionary
Proper 10C - Gospel

Religious Façade
TEXT: Mark Ryman (2004) based on Luke 10:25-37.
New Britain,” by James P. Carrell and David S. Clay (1831).

An expert in Mosaic law
asked Jesus what to do.
By his answer Jesus would draw
on what we know is true.

What must I do to live on past
this time given on earth?
The A and Z, the first and last
asked what law has most worth.

“Love the Lord,” came the scribe’s reply,
and “neighbor as yourself.”
By this right life might you rely
on life beyond the delf.

So we must live as though we love
our neighbor like our God.
Loving all kinds draws us above
a religious façade.

© 2004, Mark E. Ryman

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