Salt, Light and the City on a Hill

By Kate Baker-Carr
February 2, 2017 - 1:24pm

On Sunday, we will continue to explore the Sermon on the Mount, focusing on Matthew 5:13-20. The text concludes with the bold proclamation “…unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”These words anchor us firmly in the Sermon on the Mount and the entire Gospel according to Matthew.

So too, the precise ways Jesus instructs his followers to embody righteousness provide a moral compass for his followers at the close of the first century and for followers at the start of the 21st century.

In the Gospel according to Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount sweeps across three chapters, 5:1 – 7:29. I encourage you to read the Sermon it in its entirety. It is wonderful to explore sections of it, but even more powerful when we are mindful of the whole.

Kate Baker-Carr
United Parish Member and Guest Preacher