Sermon on the Mount continues with a sermon that is the Jesus
equivalent of parental talk in the cab of a pickup truck driving through
cotton fields. Moses sets before us a simple choice: there are two
roads; pick the road that leads to life and not the one that leads to
death. Paul complains that we haven't grown up after picking the road
to life. Jesus teaches us how to live now that we have life.
compares being in the boat of salvation (very traditional image of the
church) with a community of love, prayer, and support, with being in the
open water trying to make it alone. Get in the boat.
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in
you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do
nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping
your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.