Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

September 27, 2020

The reading we hear this week from Matthew’s gospel challenges us to walk the talk. In the reading, one brother talked the talk, while the other brother walked the walk. Jesus asks, “which of the two did his father’s will?”

Today’s gospel is a short but powerful parable. To an audience of talkers, Jesus says that talk Microsoft Word - Newsletter Sep 27 2020

is cheap. Jesus is in the temple in Jerusalem and he has not come to find favour with the religious movers and shakers. He certainly has not come to whisper sweet nothings in their ears.

It seems that Jesus is the new sheriff in town who does not like what he sees and what he hears. The Pharisees had argued the life right out of God’s covenant. Their endless debates and rituals had replaced the purity of devotion. And with it came the pride of self- satisfied, pious frauds.

Then along comes Jesus to blow the hot air right out of the temple and replace all the cheap talk with a priceless message: Love the Lord with your whole heart and your neighbour as yourself. Got it? Good, now go and do it. Don’t just talk about it.

Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings

September 21, 2020

In our reading from Matthew’s Gospel, the teachers of the day had been blinded by the laws and traditions of the past. They were not prepared to open their eyes (and ears) to the new teachings that Jesus offers about the spiritual significance of the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus also presents a number of parables to show how things that are deemed small and insignificant can often make more of a difference than we ever consider them capable of. How many people in our congregations and communities make contributions of time and talent that we take for granted or fail to see the significance of?

Can the same be said of us? Are we often blinded to the opportunities of the future by the rose-tinted spectacles of the past? Do we need to re-focus and look ahead rather than closing our eyes and hoping that everything will stay the same? 

Me? Forgive You?

Me? Forgive You?

September 13, 2020

In our reading this week from Matthew’s gospel we hear Jesus’ best-known instructions on forgiveness. When Peter asks how many times “another member of the church” is to be forgiven, Jesus insists that forgiving someone seven times is not adequate. The offending member must be forgiven 77 times. The number seems staggering but communicates clearly that forgiveness is to  be an essential part of Christian communal life.

 

To punctuate his point, Jesus invokes a “kingdom of heaven” analogy that shows how seriously we are to take the reprimand to forgive. He tells the story of a king who is owed a debt by his slaves. At the moment when the king expects to be paid, one slave is not able to pay and as a result is to be sold along with his wife and children. The man pleads with the king and asks to be given more time. The king has mercy on him and forgives the debt completely but then the slave does not extend the same mercy to a fellow slave who owes him a debt. When the king finds out, he reinstates the original debt and has the slave tortured until he can repay it. 

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