Having moved recently, I am now keenly aware of the sounds in my new environment. Water dripping, air conditioning or heater running, floor creaks, bird calls, traffic in the distance, overhead light hums, and more!
Sunday’s gospel reading was the story of the Samaritan who returned to Jesus reminding me of course of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). The story is well known, but the implication for our lives is sometimes forgotten.
This morning’s Gospel reading comes from Matthew 5:1-12. Matthew tells us that Jesus saw crowds of people and, instead of staying with them, decided to climb the mountain. Now Jesus was known for his attention to the crowds; he could often be found in the midst of them teaching, healing, listening.