No Fair!

One of the first lessons of social interaction we learn as children is things don’t always seem fair. Sometimes our brother gets a bigger scoop of ice cream, or a friend gets a longer turn on the swing. As adults, maybe we feel the boss passed us over for a promotion or raise. The Gospel of Christ is not merely personal, but social. Followers of Jesus are called to model the kind of selfless love that Jesus exemplifies, even when people seem utterly undeserving of it. The amazing grace we so joyfully sing about for ourselves is not so easy to swallow when we watch someone else receive it, but this is the heart of Christian community. As we grow in Christ, we learn to love like Christ, even when it’s not fair. Matthew’s Gospel that challenge our notions about church life, forgiveness, and grace.

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