Sunday, September 03, 2006
"Red Letter" Challenge
Reading the words of Jesus or, more accurately, those who recorded his words can be unnerving. He seldom said anything that did not contain a challenge or some "stop you in your tracks" idea.
For today, try these words on for size: Matthew 5:42.
They come at the end of a paragraph placed in the first third of his famous "Sermon on the Mount."
After completely "debunking" the Hebrew scriptures' ancient insistence on "eye for an eye" justice, counseling a way of radical peacemaking and warning against personal legal actions, Jesus offers this advice about beggars:
"Give to the one who asks you, and do no turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. "
Reading the "red letters" can be exciting, simple and very challenging. Who's up to their application?