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The Sermon on the Mount: Weekly Summary

The Sermon on the Mount Saturday, July 24, 2021 Week Twenty-Nine Summary and Practice Sunday, July 18—Friday, July 23, 2021 Sunday We must be honest and admit that most of Christianity has focused very little on what Jesus himself taught and spent most of his time doing: healing people, doing acts of justice and inclusion,… Continue Reading The Sermon on the Mount: Weekly Summary

Go Ahead, Do Something

The Sermon on the Mount Go Ahead, Do Something Wednesday, July 21, 2021 My fellow Albuquerque resident Megan McKenna is an author, storyteller, and theologian who challenges us to imitate Jesus. She writes of the importance of translation when it comes to understanding the meaning of Jesus’ words: The blessings and woes have so much… Continue Reading Go Ahead, Do Something

Jesus’ Upside-Down World

The Sermon on the Mount Jesus’ Upside-Down World Monday, July 19, 2021 What is called the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel (5:1–7:29) is called the Sermon on the Plain in Luke’s Gospel (6:20–49). What we call in Matthew the Eight Beatitudes, we call in Luke the Blessings and Woes (four of each). Today… Continue Reading Jesus’ Upside-Down World

The Catholic Worker Movement

Spirituality and Social Movements The Catholic Worker Movement Tuesday, December 1, 2020 After Brian McLaren’s helpful summary of biblical examples of social movements, I want to turn our attention to movements that originated within the United States in the last century. The Catholic Worker movement, established by Dorothy Day (1897‒1980) and Peter Maurin (1877‒1949), has… Continue Reading The Catholic Worker Movement

Living Peacefully on Earth

The Natural World: Week 1 Living Peacefully on Earth Friday, March 9, 2018 To live nonviolently—both toward humans and nature—requires that we recognize God’s image in each living thing. We cannot be violent toward someone or something when we see the divine in them. My friend and nonviolent activist John Dear recently published a new… Continue Reading Living Peacefully on Earth

Who Will Preserve the Essentials?

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Who Will Preserve the Essentials? Friday, February 9, 2018 Jesus says that the people who live these happinesses, these Beatitudes, will be “the salt of the earth” (see Matthew 5:13). For ancient people, salt was an important preservative, seasoning, and symbol of healing. What does Jesus mean by such… Continue Reading Who Will Preserve the Essentials?

Blessed Are the Persecuted

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Blessed Are the Persecuted Thursday, February 8, 2018 Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of justice: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. —Matthew 5:10 I guess we should not be surprised that this Beatitude follows the previous ones. The first and last Beatitudes are present tense:… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Persecuted

Children of God

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Children of God Wednesday, February 7, 2018 We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. . . . Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than… Continue Reading Children of God

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Blessed Are the Peacemakers Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. —Matthew 5:9 In Jesus’ teaching and in his life, we see modeled nonviolent, peaceful action. He encourages us to likewise “turn the other cheek” and not return vengeance with… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Blessed Are the Pure in Heart Monday, February 5, 2018 Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God. —Matthew 5:8 When the heart is right, Jesus says, seeing will be right. He ties together heart and sight. Consider the saying, “Beauty is in the eyes of the… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

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