Sermon Short for October 13th, 2019 – Thanksgiving
Matthew 5:3, Luke 6:20, Deuteronomy 8:7-18
For Thanksgiving Sunday we make a big hullabaloo about our harvest, our abundance, our blessings. That’s a good thing. Let’s give thanks with a huge THANKS!
Then let us also consider our embarrassment of riches. Christ has the audacity to say it is the poor who are blessed; not us reveling in the riches. Our wealth is censured by Christ when he blesses those who have little. How do we feel about that?
In Matthew’s version of the Sermon on the Mount this is the opening line. As such it bears a lot of weight. Luke puts it further into the sermon but challenges us further by removing “in spirit.” It is clear Jesus has a preference for the poor.
Are we poor enough?