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dc.contributor.authorO'Keefe, Johnen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 380en_US
dc.description.abstractIt would seem that our texts today wish us to reflect upon the consequences of sin and God's power to both prosecute and forgive. This is certainly true. In the passage from Amos we learn of a prediction of wrath coming upon Israel because of its sinfulness. Likewise, in the Gospel account the miracle that Jesus performs suggests a connection between the paralytic's affliction and his sinfulness. In the first, ignoring the prophet's warnings brings affliction. In the second, forgiveness of sins brings healing. God has power to do what God wills. |Such a line of reflection can bear much fruit. There is, after all, a connection between what we do and the state of the world. Nations and peoples can, like individuals, fall into sinful patterns that, over time, come back to haunt and debilitate. Israel's ancient exile in Egypt stands as a warning. We should also not be too quick to dismiss the connection between human suffering and sinfulness. There is a way in which living in a broken world is "bad for you." We do not easily escape from the clutches of sin.|Still, I find myself drawn to another line of interpretation as I read these texts. I am most struck by the observation common to both readings that God's message is resisted by humans. In Amos God wants to help, but no one is listening. In Matthew God wants to heal, but this seems to enrage the religious authorities. According to this line of thinking, the emphasis shifts from the consequences of sin to the human quality of resistance.|What are we to make of these scribes? They resist the goodness of Jesus because of their preconceived notions of what is and is not religiously appropriate. Their sin is not that they do not believe, but that they do not allow God the freedom to be God.|I wonder about my resistance. Where are the points in my life where God is challenging me to conversion, like Amos challenged Israel? Where are the points in my life where I receive God's good news like an affliction? According to my spiritual director, paying attention to resistance is one of the great requirements for growth in holiness. I suppose I should consider it a good sign that I understand the resistance of the scribes.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, July 1, 2004: 13th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorO'Keefe IV, John J.en_US Timeen_US 13en_US
dc.subject.local1Amos 7:10-17en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 9:1-8en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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