Deuteronomy 30:15–20; 1 Corinthians 3:1–9; Matthew 5:21–37
Epiphany | Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37
There’s a reason that flood stories are so universal: we fear wiping ourselves out through our own violence. We need to learn to read the flood story through the eyes of the God revealed in the rainbow promise.
Yoder defined violence in terms of violating someone's dignity. This sounds ready made as a description of his own abusive behavior.
Growing in prayer is not simply acquiring a set of special spiritual skills. It is growing into Christian humanity.
I played competitive tennis as a teenager. At one point, a new player started working with my coach. He was a natural athlete—quick, agile, and well coordinated. I was impressed. My coach was not. He said, “That kid will never be any good.”