Epiphany 7A, Sermon on the Mount, Gandhi, Matthew 5:38-48, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Sedition

The Sedition of Christ – A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48

Christ’s gospel is seditious. Do not resist an evildoer. Turn the other cheek. Give your cloak. Go the second mile. Give to those who beg. Don’t refuse a borrower. Love your enemy. Pray for those who persecute you. Those kind of things are not taught, valued, encouraged, or rewarded by most of the world. If enacted they would shatter the status quo and bring business as usual to a halt. And that’s the point. Continue reading The Sedition of Christ – A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48

Matthew 5:38-48, Epiphany 7A, Sermon, Sermon on the Mount, Perfection, Fairness

Fairness, Monkeys, and Love – A Sermon Matthew 5:38-48

Somewhere around the time I was in kindergarten or the first grade my parents took my sister and me to a carnival that had come to town. The only thing I remember about that day is the monkey on a stick. Mom and Dad bought us each a little fuzzy monkey tied to a stick by piece of elastic. We carried them around watching them … Continue reading Fairness, Monkeys, and Love – A Sermon Matthew 5:38-48

Beholding and Becoming Perfection – A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, Epiphany 7A

The collect and readings for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 5:38-48. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone … Continue reading Beholding and Becoming Perfection – A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, Epiphany 7A