Yesterday I preached about the beatitude of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel. It also turned out to be a sermon about Reynolds Price. Here are a couple paragraphs:
So, this passage from Matthew, the beatitudes, can’t be another list of what we can do in order to get God’s blessing. Instead, Jesus is telling us about the way God works in the world. Jesus is telling us in these verses about where God shows up—among the poor in spirit, among the lowly, among the meek and humbled, the humiliated, among those who weep and mourn, among those who cry out for justice and righteousness and are in turn persecuted, among those who work for peace.
Those are the places in the world where God brings a full measure of blessing; those are the people in the world to whom God’s presence rests with a gentle intensity—people like Reynolds Price, struck with cancer, rendered a paraplegic, vulnerable, weak, always in need of someone else’s care, and in these conditions he finds a reliable presence, a presence that tells him to start a new life, to lean into the radical uncertainty of his condition and find the kind of healing and wholeness that takes a lifetime to receive: this is the gift of grace, a moment of God’s blessing, the beatitude of Jesus.
For the rest of the sermon, follow this link to the church website: A Reliable Presence.