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

Life, Death, Sirach 15:15-20, Matthew 5:21-37, Sermon on the Mount, Epiphany 6A. Choices

The Choice is Yours – A Sermon on Sirach 15:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37

Have you ever gotten exactly what you chose only to realize it was not what you really wanted? Have you ever made a choice that you knew was the right choice, a good choice, but it left you feeling empty, as if something was missing? Despite getting what you wanted, what you chose, your life was not enriched, made full and vibrant they way you thought it would be. Instead it felt diminished and impoverished. Continue reading The Choice is Yours – A Sermon on Sirach 15:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37

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

light of the world, Matthew 5:13-20, Let them taste and see

Let Them Taste and See – A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20

Who are you? How do you answer when someone asks you that question? The most common answer is to give our name. We might also tell a bit of family history and the connections that help identify us. Often we’ll tell something about our work, the things we do, and how we spend our time. I cannot, however, think of a single time when I … Continue reading Let Them Taste and See – A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20

To Occupy or Be Occupied? A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, Matthew 5:1-12

The collect and readings for The Feast of All Saints may be found here. The following sermon is based on the beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12.   The Occupy Movement has gotten a lot of attention over the last couple of months. Occupy Wall Street. Occupy London. Occupy Sydney. Occupy Oakland, Portland, Dallas, San Antonio. The list goes on and on. The movement points to economic inequality, … Continue reading To Occupy or Be Occupied? A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, Matthew 5:1-12

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

Flavoring the World, Dispersing Darkness – A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20, Epiphany 5A

The collect and readings for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 5:13-20. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. … Continue reading Flavoring the World, Dispersing Darkness – A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20, Epiphany 5A

The Way Forward – A Sermon on the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12

The collect and readings for today, The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, maybe found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 5:1-12. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4“Blessed are those who … Continue reading The Way Forward – A Sermon on the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12

Choosing Our Blessings And Our Woes: An All Saints’ Day Sermon on Luke 6:20-31

The Feast of All Saints is on November 1. The Book of Common Prayer, however, permits it to be celebrated on the Sunday following November 1. The collect and readings for the day may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 6:20-31. Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. … Continue reading Choosing Our Blessings And Our Woes: An All Saints’ Day Sermon on Luke 6:20-31