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Seventh Sunday After Epiphany 2011

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Matthew 5:38-48 Matthew, quoting Jesus, writes, “Do not resist an evildoer”. My understanding of this passage was greatly enhanced when I learned that a better translation read, “Do not violently resist an evildoer.” This translation is more in keeping with the bulk of Jesus’ teachings, for surely resisting evil, in all the ways that it […]

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Sixth Sunday After Epiphany 2011

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Matthew 5:21-37 “You have heard it said…, but I say… You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times…, but I say to you… At first take, Jesus seems to be setting up a sharp contrast between his teachings and the ancient Law of Moses. But remember, as we learned last week, […]

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany 2011

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Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20 It is my conclusion that if the gospel writer Matthew was taking notes at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he could have used a course in dictation. The gospel reading contains three, seemingly distinct passages, without an apparent connection between the three, and with no smooth transition between the brief parables about […]