Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 2, 2020 The Sermon on the Mount goes to the heart of Jesus's teachings. We need to put it in context though. We must read the gospels through the len of a radical hermeneutic. We each bring our own interpretations to the text. We must acknowledge that bias as [...]
Continuing with the lessons of Jesus, we learn more from the Sermon on the Mount. Last week, we are instructed to love our neighbor. This week, we are instructed to love our enemies. It is hard to imagine a more difficult task given the current divide in America.
Our reading today is typically known as "The Sermon on the Mount" or the "Beatitudes." Scholars of the Jesus Seminar believe the true translation equivalent is not "blessed are..." but "congratulations." These are strange congratulations though.