Readings for this Sunday:
Deuteronomy 34:1–12; Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8; Matthew 22:34–46
It might seem an odd extrapolation, but Jesus’ summary of “the law and prophets” is, in essence, about letting go. It’s about letting go of complicated rules for living that, far from simplifying life, make it more complicated.
It’s about letting go of the diversions and distractions that we humans impose upon ourselves: if we live our lives with “love God; love your neighbour as yourself” as a kind of spiritual mantra, we will be liberated from earthly pressures go is, however, seldom easy, yet something recognised in scripture.
Moses had to relinquish leadership of the people of Israel. The apostle Paul had, on several occasions to relinquish ministry in one place and move to another.
Ultimately, we learn a fundamental truth about life in all of this: that we have to let go of one stage to move on to another.
In relinquishing control to God, we fulfil our destiny.