February 17, 2019
On this sixth Sunday after Epiphany, we hear Luke’s version of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. This differs, in many ways, from Matthew’s account. First, it’s a Sermon on the Plain. Second, it’s addressed, primarily, to those disciples whom Jesus has just called to be apostles, a Greek word meaning – sent ones. Third, Luke’s Jesus lists more than a few “woe to you” sayings.
We’ll want to take care to find ourselves in both the ‘blessed ares” and the “woes to.” Likewise, we’ll want to discern where we are in this “now moment” of hearing. Do we identify ourselves as still learning disciples, or can we notice our discipleship is moving toward apostleship; that is, are we experiencing ourselves as sent by Jesus?
At our 9:30 A.M., Sunday worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we can see Jesus standing in our midst today. We can hear Jesus saying to each of us, “Look, you’ve been a disciple long enough. I need you to step out now.” Can you feel Jesus lifting his eyes up to you, a step down cuz he took our place on the level ground; wraps his arms around all those marginalized folks; looks ‘em in the eye and says, “Don’t worry, my helpers are on the way. My own followers are coming now as my own ‘sent ones’.”