February 10, 2019 — Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

“Faithful Decisions: A Homily on Matthew 8”

When Jesus enters Capernaum he's met by a Centurion asking for help. How Jesus responds resembles how Jesus' ministry unfolds: grace always precedes warning. This isn't the easiest of texts because it includes a warning to us that we may end up in the outer darkness, with weeping and gnashing of teeth. While that vivid description draws our attention, it is at the expense of the central part of this text: that Jesus' grace always comes first. Listen to Ben's homily as he helps us explore the ramifications for our lives of an understanding that grace always precedes warnings.