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Jun 28 2019

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Pew Leaflet Sunday 30 June 2019

Reflection For The Week

We’ve all felt it. The rise in our gut when someone rejects our most cherished beliefs. We recognize the need to justify our views, prove we are right, defend our faith. But we don’t stop there. We also have the impulse to attack — to show how that person is wrong, misguided, even unfaithful. If we have structural or institutional power, we may move to shut them down and “command fire to come down from heaven and consume them” figuratively if not literally. It’s no surprise, then, that James and John seem eager to punish the Samaritans for their refusal to receive Jesus. They appear pretty confident, offering to command fire to come down and consume these knuckleheaded villagers. The impulse to attack tells us that, according to Jesus, we must do a full 180-degree pivot, turning our gaze from “the other” to examining ourselves instead. We must ask: To what am I attached today that keeps me from following Jesus fully and freely.

Pew Leaflet – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost.pdf

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