Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Rev. Timothy D. Smith
7:30am & 9am Sunday, January 29, 2023 in the Upper Sanctuary
Trinity Lutheran Church & School
FOCUS Why do the Beatitudes resonate with us? Yes, we who follow Christ are poor in spirit, we hunger for righteousness, and we know some persecution; but so do others, those who follow other gods. The difference is that, at the deepest level, God has promised blessings while we experience all those human emotions and take what action we think best. Those blessings come to us by grace, simply because God has chosen us,
without any merit or worthiness in us. We are not worthy, just as God’s Old Testament people did not merit His attention, but we and they received it nonetheless. God has chosen to make us worthy by sending His Son in our place. In today’s Readings, He explains what pleases Him. Only Christ lived the perfect life, but the Gospel certainly moves us to respond to God’s choosing us, as best we can, in love and service.