In England and Wales, we have many splendid church and cathedral buildings, but are they a monument to Almighty God or an expression of how great we human beings are? How else do we express ourselves: through the clothes we wear, the car we drive, the house we live in? Our world is dominated by celebrities and it seems we worship and follow them in the mistaken belief that they have found happiness.

Jesus did teach in the synagogues and temple but some of his most important preaching took place in the open air. The Sermon on the Mount which provides a simple guide to living in humility and at the foundation of this teaching is the simple commandment to love one another.

Jesus challenged the legalistic leaders and Pharisees of the day just as he challenges us now. He asks us to consider our priorities, whether we should fix the church roof or help the homeless; abstain from meat on Fridays or feed the hungry; repair an ornate cathedral or visit the sick and infirm in their own homes.

It is time for us to examine our lives, our motives, our ambitions, to commit ourselves to God and follow the advice given by Jesus for his is the way to eternal life.

Scripture: Genesis 11:1-13:4; Matthew 5:1-12; Psalm 5:1-12; Proverbs 1:24-28