Sermon; The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: "Making All Things New"
Date: August 25, 2019
Liturgical Day: The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16C)
The curious thing about this weekend’s Gospel lesson is that the synagogue leader is right. Healing, technically, is work. And the Sabbath, technically, is a day for refraining from work; a day for resting in the presence of God, and rejuvenating our bodies, our minds and our souls. If Jesus had been a good, obedient, traditional Jewish believer, he would have informed this woman of where he would be on the first day of the week, and made plans to heal her then. But Jesus has higher hopes for his faith community than what their many traditions proscribe. He wants to connect them to God, and what God desires, in a more powerful way, and in the process make them all new. He has the same hope for us, and calls us to participate with him in making it happen!