Injustice dies with me.
o Someone had to be the first onto Normandy Beach.
o Someone had to stay behind on Hacksaw Ridge.
• Two insane statements
o “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.”
o “So be perfect just as you heavenly Father is perfect.”
o Who can be holy as God is holy? Who can be perfect as God is perfect?
o Holy: set apart
o Perfect: “mille yad” – to fill the hands – to enter the sanctuary.
o Last week: “If you bring your gift to the Altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
• Christians are different!
o “The wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God.”
o These are not insane statements because it is a participation in the Cross.
o “Injustice dies with me!”
• Holiness and perfection are found in very practical actions.
o You shall not bear hatred in your heart.
o You may have to reprove your fellow citizen… but to not incur sin!
o Take no revenge.
o Cherish no grudge.
o Turn the other cheek. – “Don’t return and insult for an insult”
o Give to the one who asks of you. – CD’s given to a friend
o Do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow. – clothes to a sibling
o Love your enemies.
o Pray for those who persecute you.
• “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
o “The Spirit of God dwells in you!” – This is the spirit of love.
o Love is the opposite of division.
• This very practical Love is described in our Gospel and our Psalm…
o As God makes the sun rise on the bad and the good… so we are kind to those who are kind and those who are unkind.
o As God cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust… so we charitable to those you deserve it and those who do not.
o As God pardons our iniquities… so we pardon one another’s iniquities.
o As God is merciful and gracious… so we are merciful and gracious.
o As God is slow to anger and abounding in kindness… so we are slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
o As God does not treat us according to our sins… so we do not treat others according to their sins.
o As the Father has compassion on us… so we have compassion on others.
• But Christians are different!!!
o “For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the taxcollectors do the same? And If you greet your brothers only what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?”
• In other words, “If you love those who love you… big deal! That is easy!”
o “If you do good to those who do good to you… big deal! That’s how everyone operates.
o We strive for holiness and perfection in very practical ways!
o We choose to take the beach first and stay behind to clean up the mess.
o Maybe our hymn needs to be different: rather than singing “Let peace begin with me.” Maybe we should sing, “Let injustice end in me.”