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You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect
Matthew 5:38-48

Sermon Topic Sermon on the Mount

Sermon Week Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 5:48


"God never made a better woman than I am, but somehow I just can't seem to live up to it." This memorable line from a "Broadway" show is an apt way of describing the problem we have with Jesus' "Sermon On the Mount." God never made a better picture of the nature of the fulfilled life than the "Sermon On the Mount." God doesn't just leave us to knock about. He has given us this clear picture of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive, what it means to be holy, what it means to be whole. Moreover, because each of us is an unique creation, God never made a better you or a better me. But somehow we can't seem to live up to it.

"Seeing the crowds," Matthew tells us, "Jesus went up on the mountain, and when He sat down His disciples came to Him. And He opened His mouth and taught them saying:

Blessed are the pure in spirit ... Blessed are those who mourn ... Blessed are the meek ... Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness ... Blessed are the merciful ... Blessed are the pure in heart ... Blessed are the peacemakers ... Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven ... Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also ... give to him who begs from you ... Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you ... You, therefore, must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect ... Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on ... Judge not, that you be not judged ... Enter by the narrow gate ... Beware of false prophets ... Every one who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who [...]

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