Gospel Reflection

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11th Sunday after Pentecost

 25 August, 2019

Gospel Reflection

“Any time you can get a little bit of rest it helps.” – Jonathan Cheechoo

In one sense Jesus is breaking the Sabbath.  In another sense, the sagacity of common sense, Jesus is fulfilling the commands of Sabbath rest.  One sunny Saturday Jesus heals a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years.  She never asked to be healed.  Jesus simply noticed that she needed a rest.  The “hypocrites” (Jesus’ word, Luke 13:15) accused him of breaking the Sabbath which prohibited work.  But the essence of Sabbath is not in what it forbids, but in what it requires.  It requires rest.  Who needs a rest here?  The woman had been bent over for eighteen years.  She was ground down by life, weary and washed out.  Jesus gave her a rest.  He gave her Sabbath.  She had served her time.  Now her Sabbath time had come.  Now, not tomorrow, as the hypocrites suggested.  To use a colloquialism, Jesus was saying to the complainers “give it a rest.”  How about us?  What needs a rest in our lives?  What cripples us so that we are not who we are meant to be?  The woman was bent over.  We may stoop from osteoporosis or from depression and a broken spirit.  Or more ethically speaking, who are we crippling?  Do we hold back anyone else’s potential?  Give it a rest.  Now is the time for Sabbath.  Stop what we are doing right now.  Rest.

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St Barnabas’ Parish Prayer

Lord,

May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.

May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,

Amen

At the time of choosing an incumbent

Bountiful God,

give to this parish a faithful pastor who will faithfully speak your word and minister your sacraments;

an encourager who will equip your people for ministry and enable us to fulfil our calling.

Give to those who will choose, wisdom, discernment and patience, and to us give warm and generous hearts, for Jesus Christ’s sake.