Jesus Doesn’t Need Friends

In the year of our Lord 2020, Matthew’s warning that we are not to judge our neighbor draws a scowl from those who hear it, even as Christians themselves dismiss it. No sooner do we give lip service to this teaching than we scramble to find self-justifying theories that separate us from others. We want to know that we are right; that we are safe; that we can protect and control what we have: we want assurances that God has chosen us. We want to be called his friends. Friend, in Matthew’s gospel, that is not good news. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 22:8-14. Episode 355 Matthew 22:8-14; Music: Longing and Concern by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3999-longing-and-concern License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

In the year of our Lord 2020, Matthew’s warning that we are not to judge our neighbor draws a scowl from those who hear it, even as Christians themselves dismiss it. No sooner do we give lip service to this teaching than we scramble to find self-justifying theories that separate us from others. We want to know that we are right; that we are safe; that we can protect and control what we have: we want assurances that God has chosen us. 

We want to be called his friends.

Friend, in Matthew’s gospel, that is not good news. 

Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 22:8-14.

Episode 355 Matthew 22:8-14; Music:

Longing and Concern by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3999-longing-and-concern
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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