“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven;” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. In today’s reading from the Gospel, Jesus continues to upset the norms of society. The people had a concept of justice formed by the Law of Moses, and by the interpretations of that Law. The...

The Gospel reading this week is about Jesus teaching about the Law of Moses. The Pharisees were very strict about the Law, and they wanted everyone else to follow it, too. But Jesus saw something in the Pharisees that they couldn’t see. The Law that they loved so much had become more about legalism, and less about God’s purpose for his people. The Pharisees put the Law above the Lord by judging those who did not abide by it.

Jesus said, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The Law of Moses is an important topic in the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Jesus made reference to the Law to assure the Pharisees and other leaders of the Jews that he respected the Law, and would not abolish it. If Jesus were to teach that he was above the Law, then h...

Love Your Enemies and Pray For Those Who Persecute You
Sermon / February 19, 2017

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven;” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. In today’s reading from the Gospel, Jesus continues to upset the norms of society. The people had a concept of justice formed by the Law of Moses, and by the interpretations of tha...

Jesus and the Law of Moses
Sermon / February 12, 2017

The Gospel reading this week is about Jesus teaching about the Law of Moses. The Pharisees were very strict about the Law, and they wanted everyone else to follow it, too. But Jesus saw something in the Pharisees that they couldn’t see. The Law that they loved so much had become more about legalism, and less about God’s purpose for his people. The Pharisees put the Law above the Lord by judging those who did not abide by it.

The First Step of Faith
Sermon / February 5, 2017

Jesus said, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The Law of Moses is an important topic in the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Jesus made reference to the Law to assure the Pharisees and other leaders of the Jews that he respected the Law, and would not abolish it. If Jesus were to teach that he was above the L...