The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, Solemn Mass, February 19, 2017, by the Rector

Growing up Southern Baptist, I don’t remember learning Luke’s version of the last words of today’s gospel lesson. Luke’s Jesus in his Sermon on the Plain—not on a mountain—says, in the King James Bible of my youth, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”[1] I do remember learning parallel words from Matthew, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Read more