When Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law, he was talking about building the blessed community of love and hope, not individual freedom.

Or How to Build the Blessed Community
7th Sunday after the Epiphany
Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18, Matthew 5:38-48

This is an honest question. How many times have we heard a Christian, a follower of Christ, a disciple of Jesus say “an eye for an eye”? A lot, right? These are among the least surprising words to come out of Jesus’s mouth or the mouths of any of his people. But…how many times have you heard it said from such a one “do not resist an evildoer?”

How many? Any?

Jesus has been challenging us for weeks now with this Sermon on the Mount. He’s been teaching us the way of God’s statutes. He’s been showing us what responding to the pain of the world looks like. This season of new beginnings, still early in our year, and Jesus is teaching us how to live as children of God. The Shalom-makers. The lovers.

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