Where do you end up when you start pulling on the thread of an idea or an issue? Where does something really start? Today we consider some threads that Jesus unravels for us in the Sermon on the Mount.
The beatitudes... that list of the blessed that we would never want to join; the poor in spirit, the meek and those who mourn. So where is the blessing? And why is this teaching so central to Jesus' message?
Repent means 'to see things in a new way, as they really are'. So when Jesus asks some fishermen to follow him he is helping them to repent, to see the kingdom of God which is close by. Following Jesus is an invitation to live into that new way of being.
Judgement is about recognising the parts of ourselves that aren’t right and stripping them out. That's the preparing that John the Baptist asks of us as he tells us to prepare the way.