Thank you for all those who came together last week to dive headlong into the texts together by way of a diagnosis/prognosis (or law/gospel, or bad news/good news) framework. While simplistic in some ways, this method can help us get beyond our basic instincts into a little richer understanding of the text. As one member of the group noted, for instance, it helped them get beyond a temptation to read the text literally and helped them into a reading that was a little more nuanced.
I’d venture to say (but can’t really promise) that the texts we worked through last week are some of the more challenging pieces we’ll find here in the Gospel, so I appreciate you all for your willingness to jump right in with enthusiasm. To view the Law/Gospel chart we used to help navigate these texts, scroll down and click "Law:Gospel.pdf" under the "Downloads" section.
We’ll use this framework once more this week as we work through Matthew 5:38-6:4. I encourage you to read Jenny’s post on last week’s class found here, since I think she raises a great question. As I read her reflection, I hear her wondering, “how do we move from hearing the Gospel into taking the very actions the Gospel calls us into?”
That’s a great question, and it’ll be right in the middle of our conversation this week, especially as Jesus commands us to love our enemies. How do we take the liberating Word of God's love and grace (i.e., "the Gospel") and translate it into action?
See you tomorrow at 4:30P.M.