Jesus doesn’t need the last word, doesn’t need to be right. God’s love for humanity poured out in Jesus’ life and death, makes Jesus higher than the emperor. His amazing humility is how he is raised to have the name above all names. Jesus’ humility conquers death itself, opening to all of creation the newness of life. This Paul tells us today is the life we are called to live, a life worthy of the gospel he says elsewhere in the letter.
Month: September 2020
God gives everyone from God’s generosity. Salvation doesn’t come because we’ve worked harder and longer because we’ve earned it. Salvation — the full restoration of life and health — comes because of God’s goodness and Jesus’ self-sacrifice. The disciples were looking for a military leader, someone to overthrow Rome. They were looking for the master’s tools to dismantle the master’s house. God’s reign, manifest in Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension, doesn’t do that.
Then God the king doesn’t offer a repayment plan or reduce the five billion dollar debt to something more manageable. It’s all forgiven, lock, stock, and barrel, all gone.
In marking those out of bounds things — like personal, interpersonal, specific racism as well as systemic racism — the Church cares enough about the cruelness that is abandoning ourselves to sin and the compassionate reprimand calling us back from its path…Life in community is messy. It’s particularly messy when we’ve vowed in our baptisms to live a certain standard and proclaim Jesus’ truths. This passage from Matthew gives us opportunity to heed the call of repentance and intend to lead a new life following God’s commandments.
The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews is the vicar of St. Hilda St. Patrick. The sermon for Sunday, August 30th, was preached extemporaneously . The gospel text was Matthew 16.21-28.