It’s easy to see, in the stories presented in our texts this week, the miraculous nature of Jesus and not go any further. But I believe our text invites, indeed demands that we look beyond the miracles to see the message – a message of faith, a message of reconciliation, a message of restoration, a message of hope.
Already, Luke is beginning to present the notion of the gospel going beyond the Jewish nation to the rest of the world. The centurion, part of the occupying forces, is noted for his faith in the ability of Jesus to make a difference. The man raised to life is restored to his widowed mother and she, in turn finds a place in a culture that oppresses those of her status.
So, it’s not so much about the miraculous life giving transformations, as the justice of God enacted in every day life – for those in power and for the lowly.
It’s not so much about what Jesus does as about how he calls us to live – in faith, inclusively, caring for the least of these.
How will you relate these stories to the chaos in our world today? Where will you find faith, reconciliation, restoration and hope. What images will you hold up to encourage others to see beyond the story?
- Pictures and stories of protest against corrupt administration
- Signs and actions welcoming the marginalised and those discriminated against
- Exhausted aid workers in their tireless compassion
- Religions standing and working together through terrorism and loss
How will you preach, how will you live out faith that knows no bounds where you are this week? Please share, in the comments, your thoughts and reflections and the direction you are heading with the text this week.
Working Preacher commentary is here.
Liz Crumlish is a Church of Scotland Minister currently working on a National Renewal Project in Scotland. A Board Member of RevGalBlogPals, instigator of Spill the Beans and contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, Liz blogs at journalling
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