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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jesus; the uprooter


In Mark Labberton's new book, "The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God's Call to Justice" he wrote, "But the God we seek is the God we want, not the God who is. We fashion a god who blesses without obligation, who lets us feel his presence without living his life, who stands with us and never against us, who gives us what we want, when we want it. We worship a god of consumer satisfaction, hoping the talismans of guitars and candles or organs and liturgy will put us in touch with God as we want him to be." (p 66)
No words better prepare us to meet Jesus in the text for this coming Sunday: Matthew 15:1-20 (which I discovered is not in any lectionaries!?). Jesus squares off against the Pharisees and Scribes about tradition and Word. What ends up happening is that Jesus uproots deeply held traditions for the sake of the Word.

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