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 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (a)

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Texts & Discussion:

Micah 6:1-8
Psalm 15
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12



This Week's Themes:

Right Living
Mystery of the Cross
Beatitude Attitude



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Sermon Excerpt:

 Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
Micah 6:1-8
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.


This verse is arguably quoted more often in matters of peace and justice than any other. They are words to live by especially in times when we face corruption and discrimination.

The prophet Micah, who uttered these words, was a man of simple means and humble stock. Living in a largely rural area of the country, Micah had a strong concern for the lowly and less fortunate of society—the lame, the outcasts, and the afflicted (Micah 4:6).

Because of this concern, Micah addressed the evil of his time through his prophecy. He publicly opposed the powerful leaders of Samaria and Jerusalem, the capital cities of Israel and Judah. (1:1)

The injustice of his time was that strict religious laws made the rich richer and the poor poorer in Israel. Keep in mind that Israel’s government was a theocracy at that time, much like the state of Iran today. Religious leaders also held great political power and they were not elected officials. More often than not the kings and political leaders of Micah’s time were serving their own interests at the expense of the already impoverished middle classes.

The Ostentatious temple operation required the middle and lower classes to pay heavy taxation. The farming community Micah was a part of, were required to send much of their livestock and harvest to keep the sacrificial atonement system going. This was the exact same problem Jesus faced. Nothing had changed in 700 years . . .

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