The Sermon on the Mount in Epiphany

David L. Tiede

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 1/1/1984

Issue: 1984 (Vol. 4, No 1, Winter, 1984)

The Gospel lessons for the fourth through the eighth Sundays after the Epiphany present a major selection from the Sermon on the Mount according to Matthew. The following passages are thus proposed in series A of the ecumenical lectionary as focal to the ministry and witness of the church in the season. Other texts from Matthew also lie close at hand throughout Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Lent commending careful study of the First Gospel to all Christians who seek to ground their preaching, teaching, pastoral care, witness, and service in the Scriptures of the church. The almost continuous reading of these weeks in Epiphany also provides a particularly rich occasion for the coherent usage of the Gospel in the interpretation and direction of the ministries of the people of God.

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