Friday 29 October 2021

About Today Readings

Romans 9:1-5. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem – Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20. Luke 14:1-6.

Is it against the law to cure a man on the Sabbath?

Oh those pesky Pharisees and Lawyers, trying to trip Jesus up on the ‘rules’ of the Sabbath! Jesus is so simple in his principles in demonstrating God’s love – we do what we can, whenever we can to bring people back into community, removing any barriers from their participation. The hypocrisy of not curing, healing a person on the Sabbath is immense – surely our God of the Hebrews, whom were brought out of slavery, would have this compassion? Jesus’ questioning renders the ‘authorities’ speechless – without reasoning for holding up a law which sets someone free. This action of Jesus shows us the way to protesting against our own authorities with rules that do not uphold the dignity of the human person – the unforgiving stance towards the family detained on Christmas Island (hopefully by the time this has gone to print, they are living freely); the harshness of Temporary Protection Visas and detention of refugees in hotels. We desperately need the example of hospitality, welcome and freedom shown to us in our community by those in authority.

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