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Mount Sinai and the Mount of the Beatitudes stand beside each other in our imagination. From the former comes the foundation of how to live a godly life. Moving beyond the “Thou shalt nots,” the Beatitudes begin with positive expressions of blessing: How blessed and fortunate you will be, that now having the foundation, you understand how to live in the Kingdom.
Imagine that you are salt and light—one at a time. Salt offers zest to others’ lives; light illumines the way of Jesus.
In the second half of our reading, Jesus uplifts “both-and” of his teaching, referring to the Law and to his words. It is not “either-or” for Jesus, but rather “both-and.”
“You are the salt of the earth.” v. 13
My light shining for others v. 16
Keeping the heart of the law v. 19
Righteousness for the kingdom v. 20
This is the Sixth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year A is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.
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