Monday 10 October 2022

About Today Readings

Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever – Psalm 112(113):1-7. Luke 11:29-32.

Christ freed us: do not submit again to slavery

Paul writes to the Galatians allegorically of Sarah who, signifying the promise of the ideal Jerusalem, is the ‘mother’ of their freedom. Now Christ has set them free to truly experience this freedom. The old memory of slavery runs deep, yet in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus addresses those enslaved by limited ideas of how a Messiah should look or behave. People clamouring for signs don’t see that Jesus is himself the sign – God’s good news in whom they can be truly free.

Jesus declares ‘something greater’ is here than Jonah (who sulked after the people of Nineveh repented and received God’s mercy) or Solomon (who impressed the Queen of Sheba with his wisdom and well-oiled household).

Hebrew scripture reminds us of the various ways characters have recognised and responded to God. Still today we humans can be enslaved by our limited imaginations, failing to recognise what’s needed to repent, change and grow. We see this globally in the destruction of our fragile planet and vulnerable communities, and in the day-to-day of our relationships with others. Recognising Christ incarnate in all creation, may we open our eyes to your kingdom here and now, merciful God, and accept your dream for our freedom.

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