Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s Gospel is relentless. Verse after verse, section after section, God’s commands pile up – commands that sound more and more impossible. “Blessed are the pure in heart,” (5:8) Jesus says. “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” (5:20) Jesus says. In the Gospel reading this week we hear, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” But Jesus saved the best for last as Matthew chapter 5 ends with Jesus boldly calling us to “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (5:48). Really?!
Umm, what happened to the GRACE of God? What are my options here? I know perfection isn’t one of them. I’ve wasted enough of my life trying, and failing, to achieve that. Is there room in the kingdom for me? Amen?!
See you Sunday…