Archive for June, 2008

Matthew 7:21-29

June 1, 2008

Today’s reading:

We have just heard the ending and summary of the Sermon on the Mount.  Call it the caboose.  Way up in front, pulling the whole train, chug the Beatitudes.  In between, like closely coupled cars, come Jesus’ core teachings.  Brief, but heavily loaded, they whiz past: “no one can serve two masters”, “love your enemies”,  “do not judge”, “enter through the narrow gate”, “do not resist an evildoer”, and so on, clickety clack.  Finally, bringing up the rear, comes today’s puzzling, and even troubling reading.  It suggests the following dialog at the pearly gates. (more…)