There is much material that is unique to Matthew in the final chapters of his Gospel. Not all of this material is incorporated into the Matthean lectionary. Matthew 23 and 24 are primary examples of this reality. Matthew 23 is composed of Jesus' teaching to the crowds and disciples on the nature of the religion of the Pharisees. This week's text includes the first twelve verses of Jesus' discourse. Matthew 23:13-39 is omitted from the lectionary completely. So are the first 35 verses of Matthew 24.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards Current Events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.