Living Out the Covenant Part I: 8th Sunday in Epiphany

Matthew 8:14-9:38; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5: 11; 1 Corinthians 7:29-30; 15

In this interval between the Sermon on the Mount and the discourse on what the followers of Jesus are supposed to do on the road, Matthew continues to show Jesus healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, and exorcising demons.

Mark and Luke both . . . → Read More: Living Out the Covenant Part I: 8th Sunday in Epiphany

A Cosmology of Trust: 7th Sunday in Epiphany

Matthew 8:1-17; Galatians 1:1-12, 2:16

Matthew’s Jesus now comes down from the mountain and gets into the work of healing and teaching.  Matthew’s Chapter 8 is not covered by the Revised Common Lectionary.  The Elves prefer either Mark or Luke, both of which deal with the same material:  curing the leper; curing the Roman officer’s . . . → Read More: A Cosmology of Trust: 7th Sunday in Epiphany

A House of Justice Built on Bedrock – End of Sermon: 6th Sunday in Epiphany

Deuteronomy 11:18-28; Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-31; Matthew 7:12-29

The Elves have scheduled Matthew 7:21-29 for Epiphany 9.  Because this blog is going straight through the Gospel of Matthew in Year A, readers can get a jump on the rest of Christendom.

The writer of Matthew finishes Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with a flourish of piety, . . . → Read More: A House of Justice Built on Bedrock – End of Sermon: 6th Sunday in Epiphany

Ask, Seek, Knock: Fifth Sunday in Epiphany

Matthew 7:7-11; 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2

Scholars have suggested that after Jesus’ death, his disciples and followers developed two streams of thought or action.  One was to memorize and memorialize Jesus’ sayings, and apply his teachings to a particular way of life.  Another was to memorialize and give meaning to Jesus’ death.  We might call the . . . → Read More: Ask, Seek, Knock: Fifth Sunday in Epiphany