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Tag: What if?

What if we reacted differently? (Part 3)

Wouldn’t life be simpler if we just said what we mean, and meant what we said?

Wouldn’t it mean that we could be trusted?

What if we reacted differently? (Part 2)

Israel knew that murder was wrong – but Jesus puts his finger on the contempt we can feel for one another when they don’t match up to our expectations.

Think of the outrage on social media at times.

He warns us of the consequences of those reactions, urges us to put things right with one another and uses an everyday example (making a last minute court settlement) to demonstrate how important our relationships are.

What if we reacted differently? (Part 1)

Jesus saw himself in the line of tradition of the law and prophets. He was calling his disciples to live righteously – in their everyday lives.

So did the Pharisees.

So how was Jesus different?

What if we saw clearly? (Part 2)

The poor, the meek, the merciful etc are the salt of the earth and the light of the world – they influence the world around them.

We might not think we are very powerful, but we can make a difference – as long as we stay true to who we are as disciples.

What if we saw clearly? (Part 1)

Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount by describing who the blessed are – and they are the last ones you would expect.

He is not instructing us to be poor in spirit etc – he is telling those who are that there is a bigger picture, and he is reminding all of us not to be seduced by what we usually think of as ‘the good life’.

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