October 13, 2019
Pentecost 18 C
Luke 17:11-19

 

“On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee.” (Luke 17:11)

 

In this week’s Gospel Jesus finds himself somewhere along the border.  Jesus is wandering through some kind of no man’s land, an uncomfortable place between two peoples who don’t care for each other, a place populated by lepers, the unclean and untouchable people of his day, a place that most people probably avoided.  Yet that tends to be the pattern of Jesus.  He continually goes to borders, both physical and social borders, and crosses over them, traverses back and forth, challenging their existence and redefining their nature, while proclaiming the Kingdom of God.

 

In many ways we have been taught and conditioned to fear borders, physical borders and our own personal borders.  Doubt and fear keep us from exploring the edges of society and our own rough and damaged edges.  And consequently, the world remains broken, and we remain incomplete, all of creation cut off from wholeness and healing.

 

May God grant each of us the strength and the courage to make the journey to the edges of life, even across the borders, the journey into the heart of God’s Kingdom.  Let us not be defined by our fears but rather by the life and teachings of Christ, the one who wandered between Galilee and Samaria.  Amen.

 

 

      1. Sweet Holy Love

 

 

It’s not easy, day after day
It’s not easy, finding the way
I don’t know, I look to you

 

Sweet Holy Love, deep inside
Paint the pictures of my life
Sweet Holy Love, set me free
Hold Me closer till I believe
Sweet Holy Love

 

In my head, cut off from the heart;
In my head, I struggle with my part
I don’t know, I look to you

 

Sweet Holy Love, deep inside
Paint the pictures of my life
Sweet Holy Love, set me free
Hold Me closer till I believe
Sweet Holy Love

 

Black and White, I can play the game;
Black and White, I forget my name
I don’t know, I look to you

 

Sweet Holy Love, deep inside
Paint the pictures of my life
Sweet Holy Love, set me free
Hold Me closer till I believe
Sweet Holy Love

 

Icons of love, heavenly glory;
Icons of love, I step into the story
Now I know, I am with you

 

Sweet Holy Love, deep inside;
Painting the pictures of my life
Sweet Holy Love, I am free;
 Holding you close, I believe
Sweet Holy Love

 

 

 

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