Sermon Introduction –
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount contains some of the most famous passages in the entire Bible, but we rarely get the chance to hear it all at once. Let’s listen to it.
Introduction to this week’s readings –
Who are the blessed ones of God? For Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the weakness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who mourn, and those who hunger for righteousness. In baptism we find our blessed identity and calling in this countercultural way of living and serving.