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October 26, 2015

The good news for today

After Jesus cures a crippled woman on the Sabbath, the religious leader, upset that Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, says to the crowd as his response: “There are six days when work should be done. Come to be cured on those days, not on the Sabbath.” (Luke 13)

If you or I had seen a miracle like this, we would have been awed and humbled at the power of God. But sometimes, even miracles do not register when they “disobey” the powers-that-be. Prejudice—a certain way of doing things—sets in to control the situation. You and I and others prefer our way to the truth of God before our eyes.

The Good News here is not the miracle that a woman bowed down by her affliction for eighteen years get healed. No, the Good News is the reminder to cast aside a morality of external obedience, to find once again that our Father wants healing and help to trump “the way we have always done it.”

To help us serve our God and one another, humans create holy calendar days—and other religious observances. They form a pattern in a larger mosaic of care, a pattern that fits the larger picture—which is often your insight—your awakening to your own prejudice, your external conformity, or your habit of comfort and security.

Your life finds fulfillment in serving the spirit of your own conscience, the genuine spirit-needs of others, and your own belief that “This is the right thing to do”—whatever anyone else says. Defy the pressures, Jesus says, and heal what needs healing. That discovery—that defiance—is the Good News Jesus offers you. Don’t act for the sake of conformity, pressure or tradition, however authoritative.

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