Matthew 5:38-48 – The 7th Sunday after Epiphany – for Sunday, February 23, 2014
“Be perfect therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Perfect. Perfect. Perfect! Perfect?
How often have I heard (or spoken) a statement like, “Such a perfect sunset?” (Insert meal, beach, child, drink, gift, date, prayer, touchdown, moment, sermon and a never-ending list of other words for sunset.)
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content,” Leo Tolstoy said in Anna Karenina.
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it,” said Salvador Dali.
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business,” said Michael J. Fox.
Why not invite the unlikely trio of writer Leo Tolstoy, artist Salvador Dali and actor Michael J. Fox into the conversation! Jesus said, be perfect, like God. Does that mean, ala Mr. Tolstoy, we’ll never be content in our faith? Does that mean, thank you Mr. Dali, we’ll never reach perfection . . . and therefore never “reach” God? Does that mean, according to Mr. Fox, we’re focused on the wrong search, questing for divine perfection when we should settle for human excellence? Continue reading →