Blessings to you on the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany, the 5th Sunday of 2017, and the last Sunday of January. A wonderful day for worship and hopefully the kick off to a clear week (with no appreciable snow). We are turning the page on January and settling into a routine, getting ready for Lent and the coming seasons. It’s hard to believe that Lent is still a month away but there’s plenty to do between here and there. There was a lot of news to be had – parish events and health reports; some things to celebrate and others to pray for.

Our readings presented us with a “simple” problem and solution but the solution was more complicated and could be a source of dissonance in our lives. Jesus offered the Beatitudes: Blessed are… and a few items that don’t appear to be appealing in our conventional perspective. More difficult on some levels but more engaging on others is the lesson from Micah, which distills to: the good in life comes from doing (being) just, loving kindness (and mercy), and walking humbly with God. Our mission is to be doers of God’s justice and kindness not simply our own. What does the world look like if we do God’s justice and offer God’s kindness – the expansive relationship present with God in the midst of dissonance?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12

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