Grace: It's Our Way of Life

As Episcopal Christians we
Worship at home daily and together weekly;
Study the Scriptures, our tradition, and what it means to be a disciple today;
Serve our families, our parish, and our world in the name of Christ.

Everything we do is done with an ethic of Welcome
because we are only here by Grace.

13 February 2011

Sermon, Epiphany VI, Year A, 2011

Sermon in which the Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards continues to teach on the Sermon on the Mount, reminding us that the Law of God is not about simply "turning off the lights," but is about the ethic of how God wants us to live into his Rule, his Way of Life in Christ. The Sermon leads us from simple reptillian ethics of survival, don't go to prison, to love of God, keep the rules, to love of God through neighbor, which is the Kingdom the Rule of God. Along the way he besmirches Batman and lauds the Lone Ranger.

daniel+ adds: I don't think we should go out and be lone rangers, but we do need the Lone Ranger's virtue of service. For us this arrives out of a Law of Love in the Rule of God. And yes, I still tell my kids to turn off the lights. And yes, I still think Batman is cool. And I know the storyline at the end of Dark Knight shows him living into just this sort of ethic, but it was a takeoff that I thought was uncharacteristic of the comics.

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