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“Open Our Eyes”

Posted on Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Matthew 5:38-48

February 23, 2014

 

7th Sunday in Epiphany

Gospel Text: Matthew 5:38-48 – “Open Our Eyes”

 

Concerning Retaliation

38 ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

 

From the Constitution of Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church:

 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

 

 C4.01. The Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God's creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.

 

NATURE OF THE CHURCH

 

 C3.01. All power in the Church belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, its head. All actions of this congregation are to be carried out under his rule and authority.

 

Today is officially the Seventh Sunday in Epiphany, but let’s be honest, this is “Annual Church Meeting Sunday.” This is the Sunday where we all get to share about what we have been doing, what we do well, what we need to improve upon, and where we believe God is leading us… it is the day that the Body of Christ speaks to itself… a little on the ecclesiastically schizophrenic side, but it is something we have to do every year.

 

Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church is part of the Global Body of Christ, and that means the Body of Christ, is you, gathered in this place. Look around yourself; look carefully at all the members in this room. We all know there are many differing opinions behind each face, there are also just as many differing gifts and talents contained within the bodies of each individual in this sanctuary (a safe place) YET we are ONE Body, with ONE purpose, Created, Redeemed and Sanctified by the One True God.

 

This is who we are, and today we celebrate the fact that God has brought us all together and made us into the church known as Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church. Each one of us has an opinion, gift and talent, and each one needs to be respected and celebrated! As One Body, you may be, a toe, an opposable thumb, or an ear, but each one of us is essential in the Mission of Christ to preach, teach, baptize and care for all of God’s Creation.

 

We all make up the Body and each of us is essential to completing the Great Commission… This is Law.

 

Now is the Gospel, as it is impossible for us to love, serve and respect each on the same level as God would have us do, and therefore, Christ is among us. The Cross of Christ is the center of all we say and do. The Holy Spirit enables us to be the People of God, the Body of Christ; therefore, as we go into our Annual Meeting in a few minutes, look at each other, and see Jesus in each other, listen to each other and listen for the words of Jesus in each other. Let us sing:

 

Open Our Eyes

 

Open our eyes, Lord

We want to see Jesus

To reach out and touch Him

And say that we love Him

 

Open our ears, Lord

And teach us to listen

Open our eyes, Lord

We want to see Jesus
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