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Safety or Joy?

In this Sunday’s gospel reading, from Luke 13, Jesus makes a point of healing a woman whose chronic illness has become an accepted part of her faith community’s life. No one feels her pain anymore, no-one expects God to improve her lot. Jesus chooses to challenge this status-quo thinking on the sabbath, a day devoted to celebrating God’s liberating presence in Israel’s history. Like us in our churches, they were more comfortable with celebrating the past than opening themselves up to God’s action in the present. They had opted for safety rather than joy.
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Howard Pilgrim

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