2018-19 RCL-C Seventh Sunday After Epiphany
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Epiphany 07: February 24, 2019 • Gospel Text: Luke 6:27-38
The Measure You Give
Proclamation for Today
by Rev. Dr. Clint Schnekloth
Even or maybe especially among those we love or play with, revenge is still instinctual. Think of games like Slug Bug. In individual relationships, in families, at every single level, it is the natural inclination to give back, tit for tat. At a very basic level, then, this preaching of Jesus challenges one of our most natural inclinations, to give as good as we get, and reverses everything in the strongest way possible, encouraging the transformation of systems previously full of revenge into active pacifist practice.’
This is why during the Civil Rights movement, and during every movement that seeks to stand up for their rights in a non-violent manner, those who practice the movement have to train themselves in a different way.
“The strong man is the man who will not hit back, who can stand up for his rights and yet not hit back,” King told thousands of Montgomery Improvement Association supporters at the city’s Holt Street Baptist Church on Nov. 14, 1956. The black citizens of Montgomery would demonstrate their humanity while victims of a broken society. Nonviolence was the “testing point” of the burgeoning civil rights movement, King explained. “If we as Negroes succumb to the temptation of using violence in our struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and bitter night of—a long and desolate night of bitterness. And our only legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos” (Via Time Magazine).
One thing not to confuse in the preaching of this text is passivism with pacifism. Notice that King is not encouraging anyone to be passive. They are standing up for their rights, marching, organizing, on the move. So too the pacifism encouraged by Jesus is an active peace-making. Turn the other cheek. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hate you. Those in power often perceive resistance, standing up for rights, as a kind of attack on them, but this itself is to be resisted. No one should be manipulated by such twisting of emotion and reality. But everyone can and should so transform their desire for revenge that it becomes a desire for loving resistance.
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Historical Exegetical Resources
Greek Interlinear Bible, ScrTR, ScrTR t, Strong, Parsing, CGTS, CGES id, AV.
"Be Merciful As Your Heavenly Father Is Merciful," Luke 6:36-42, Martin Luther.
Wellspring of the Gospel, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Catherine McElhinney and Kathryn Turner, Weekly Wellsprings.
"Love of Enemies," Rev. Bryan Findlayson, Lectionary Bible Studies and Sermons, Pumpkin Cottage Ministry Resources.
Holy Textures, Understanding the Bible in its own time and in ours, Luke 6:27-38, David Ewart, 2013.
"A Simple Rule," Larry Broding's Word-Sunday.Com: A Catholic Resource for This Sunday's Gospel.
"Love Your Enemies," Illustrating the Stories (lessons, children's sermons) — coloring pages, activity sheets, crafts, children's songs. MSSS Crafts.
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Readers: Jesus 1, Jesus 2
Jesus 1: “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Jesus 2: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Jesus 1: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”