perfection

The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

February 20, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Reading 2: 
Psalm 119: 33-40
Reading 3: 
I Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-23
Reading 4: 
Matthew 5:38-48
By Bruce G. Epperly

Today’s lectionary readings invite the preacher to reflect imaginatively on two passages: “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy” and “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Parent is perfect.” These passages beg the questions: What does it mean to be “holy” and what is the nature of divine and human holiness? and What does it mean to be “perfect” and what is the nature of divine and human perfection?

Going on to Perfection?

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Each year at Annual Conference the most embarrassing moment comes when the ordinands are asked: Do you expect to be made perfect in this life? They all answer Yes. I did, when it was my turn, years ago. But it was not true. I really did not expect to be made perfect in this life, and I expect it even less today. And the embarrassment that is expressed by all when this question is asked and answered indicates that I am not alone.

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