We find Jesus in the all-too-human “traditions” of oppression, suffering, and need. “Yes,” Jesus says through the parable [of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31-46]. “I am found beyond the walls of the church; beyond religious programs; beyond rituals, rites, and institutions. Wherever people hunger and thirst, I hunger and thirst. I am out there with the people. I am out there with creation that groans.”
—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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[Jesus said,] “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.”
—Matthew 18:20 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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