Matthew’s Beatitudes are meant to give comfort, not to challenge.
Season after Pentecost | 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; (Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43;) 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12
I laughed out loud when I first heard Martin Luther’s explanation of how the Reformation happened: “While I have been sleeping, or drinking Wittenberg beer with my friend Philip and with Amsdorf, it is the Word that has done great things. . . . I have done nothing, I have let the Word act. It is all powerful, it takes hearts prisoner.” When I was sitting there in Intro to Church History sessions, preaching and reforming sounded heady, or easy.