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