Splinters, Logs, and Laws 4th Sunday After Epiphany, Year A

Matthew 7:1-6; Galatians 6:1-10

The Elves skip Matthew’s version of Jesus’ sarcastic comment about getting the log out of your own eye before suggesting your neighbor might have a sliver in his.  They cover this saying with Luke’s version on the 8th Sunday in Epiphany, Year C, and pair it with 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.  Of . . . → Read More: Splinters, Logs, and Laws 4th Sunday After Epiphany, Year A

Piety or Program? Third Sunday of Epiphany

Matthew 6

The scholars of the Westar Institute suggest that of the words attributed to Jesus by Matthew in this 6th chapter, only the following can be assumed to have likely been said by him at one time or another:

6:3:  When you give to charity, don’t let your left hand know what your right . . . → Read More: Piety or Program? Third Sunday of Epiphany

Tucson: 2nd Sunday in Epiphany

Matthew 5 (Luke 6:20); Luke 15:8-9; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, 3:18-21a

Congratulations, you poor!  God’s domain belongs to you. Congratulations, you hungry!  You will have a feast. Congratulations, you who weep now!  You will laugh.

If salt loses its zing, how will it be made salty?  It then has no further use than to be thrown . . . → Read More: Tucson: 2nd Sunday in Epiphany

Stones for Bread; Fishers of Men: Epiphany Sunday, Year A

Matthew 4; Deuteronomy 6:1-16; Isaiah 9:1-2; Romans 5:12-19

Immediately after his baptism by John, Matthew’s Jesus goes into the wilderness for a 40-day fast.  This action suggests monastic discernment of call into a community dedicated to the work.  Scholars generally agree that Jesus probably did spend some time among the Essenes or with the followers . . . → Read More: Stones for Bread; Fishers of Men: Epiphany Sunday, Year A