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Blessed Are You: The Ethics of the Sermon on the Mount

In the Gospel of Matthew, most of Jesus’ ethical teaching is concentrated in chapters 5 through 7, which compromise what is often called the “Sermon on the Mount.” The Reverend Kris Lewis-Theerman, Interim Associate Rector and Director, Children, Youth and Family Formation, reflects on the ideas Jesus presents in this beloved and hugely influential portion of the Bible. What should we prioritize, according to Jesus? What does a moral life look like?