Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pentecost 3

It's that time of year again...the season of the Church! Today's readings were Genesis 50:15-21 (sermon text); Acts 2:14a, 36-47; and Luke 6:27-42.

The time of the Church is a time to learn the teachings of Christ, our Husband. "Turn the other cheek," Jesus tells us today, during the so-called, law-filled Sermon on the Plain. Joseph, in Genesis 50, sets an example of this teaching. His brothers, due to jealousy, stole his robe, lied to their father, and sold Joseph into slavery.

Fast-forward to the famine. Joseph had used God's gifts to gain a position of tremendous responsibility - vice-Pharaoh! He was therefore able to help by managing food. After messing (so to speak) with his brothers, he revealed himself. Here he could have given them what they expected; he rewarded them with grace instead. Again he cared for them and their children once Jacob died.

Christ cuts our hearts: Turn the other cheek. Get rid of deeds offensive to Me. Faces are sensitive; so is our pride. He goes further: Love your enemy, the one you by definition don't love. Give without expecting repayment, no principal or interest, to friend and enemy. Don't judge or condemn; let God. More daggers...be perfect as your Father is perfect.

Not the final word! else we'd all be sunk. Remember that Joseph is a picture of Christ. You no longer do good works, but Christ who lives in you, acting by reigning over your will! With Him, you are able (and have no excuse) to turn the other cheek, to love enemies, to give freely, to refrain from your Father's role. Live in the Gospel after dying in the Law. For Christ has done all for you.

Soli Deo gloria.

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