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Epiphany 6 A 2014

Epiphany 6 A 2014

Sermon by Stuart PikePhoto Credit: Jason Pier in DC on Flickr.comSermon Text:Deuteronomy 30: 15-20Matthew 5: 21-37It was Tuesday when I read over the lessons for today in the presence of our administrative assistant, Sandra and our volunteer receptionist, Jackie. I think my first words were Oi vey! They saw my dismayed reaction to the Gospel as I read it to them, and my further dismay when I realized that I hadn’t had the forethought to schedule Elliott to preach on this one!How does one preach on this text, with its graphic images of hacking off body parts in order to save oneself from the fires of hell? Most of you know me well enough to know that I’m really not a fire and brimstone kind of preacher. And how is this Jesus, whom we often portray as so loving and accepting and forgiving, now seeming to be so judgmental all of a sudden? What is that all about?And these might be considered hard sayings of Jesus – especially in this rather permissive age, not to mention within an ostensib