The Passover ritual described in the reading from Exodus 12 is the end point in a long struggle between God (through Moses) and Pharaoh. Is God forced into a making a painful decision on behalf of God's people?
In Matthew 18, a kind of manual on dealing with the unrepentant sinner in the faith community is described, a tough process in any case. Yet the option of avoidance can only make matters worse.
Working through painful decisions is never easy, and often pushes us to rely on our faith and the promise of God to bring new life out of the turmoil and struggle. Check out the sermon video below (nice look, huh), and help yourself to the downloads below the video of Fair-fielder answers and sermon text.