This weekend Jesus continues his invitation to us to live a higher life. Do not take revenge. If someone asks you for help give that person more than what he/she asks for. Don’t just love those who are good to you — love your enemies as well. He finishes off these challenges by saying “be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” Well now He’s gone too far! As if all of those former challenges weren’t enough how in the world can we ever be as holy as God?! We can simply give up in frustration, say that Jesus is out of His mind, or that these are simply ideals. If we choose any of those options we immediately defeat any chance of us being better. We are simply giving up.
The whole point of the Sermon on the Mount is to challenge us to transform our world. Do not accept things as they are but always ask, “What can be?” The best and brightest in history are remembered because they did just that—they dreamt of a future very different from the present. They did not settle and accept things as they were but always asked about possibilities. We can all do that. This week, in small ways, don’t just accept things as they are even in our families or our communities. Ask, instead, what could be? Then we will be capturing a bit of the Sermon on the Mount in our lives.