This Sunday we finish the last segment of the Sermon on the Mount. I wonder if you’ve found the last few Sundays as challenging as I have. The liturgical color for the Sundays after Epiphany is green, and when the liturgical color is green, we often say that the color symbolizes growth. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do like the idea. Most of the calendar year is green, so we spend most of our time, as Christians, growing in faith. If the Sermon on the Mount is any indication, growing is not easy. It’s a challenge. It’s like working out. You need to break a sweat, and sometimes it’ll be painful. But the results are wonderful.
But even though it’s a challenge, faith is primarily a gift. It’s God’s gift for you. And it’s gift that gives more gifts. Faith in God gives you your neighbor in new way—as gifts also of God. The Sermon on the Mount shows us, through faith, that every neighbor we meet is a gift, even our enemies.” And so, the gift of faith is growth in love for everyone.
Finally, let me mention one other thing. As you remember, we are in the middle of a capital campaign to fix many parts of our building. You’ll be receiving some updates in the building and on this list. The main thing to keep in mind is this: keep up with your pledge. We can do it! You’ll see that we’ve made great progress, and by November, we’ll get to celebrate a successful campaign and a safer building.