Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 02-FEB-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Epiphany 4 – In Australia we have been observing periods of one minute's silence in memory of those who have perished in bushfires. The silence of remembrance can send a powerful message, and if we listen, we can hear the whisper of God's heart, giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, and hope to despair. But remaining silent can also be highly unethical in the face of injustice and wrongdoing, when the perpetrators can take advantage of our silence to spread even more of their fake news. We must never be afraid to raise our voices for honesty, truth and compassion. That's what the Beatitudes are about – they offer a list of actions and attitudes aimed at achieving justice for the underprivileged, the reviled and the persecuted. The Beatitudes are full of opposites – as an example, it will be the merciful, not the hard and unforgiving, who will receive mercy. The eight Beatitudes are the frontier for entering the reign of God.
Matthew 5: 1-12 (The Beatitudes)

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