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The Bulletin Sunday 29th May, 2016 Insert Pentecost 2 True Religion

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert – Sunday 29th May 2016, Pentecost 2

True Religion 1 Kings 18:20-21, 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Luke 7:1-10

 

Today’s Gospel takes us back to look at the very basis of a true understanding of God and his ways in our lives. At the centre of our passage stand two characters: Jesus and a Centurion, even though the two never meet. Indeed, the two worlds of Jews and Gentiles would ordinarily never meet. But this Centurion has already shown that he does not follow the ways of his peer group. We already have the firm basis upon which true religion can be built: the demands of God come first and the esteem of one’s peers must be subject to such demands.

The Centurion seeks Jesus in search of a cure for one of his servants. Jesus responds to the man’s request. In a passage that has become famous in Christian Liturgy, the Centurion shows his deep sense of unworthiness. Even though he has not met Jesus he shows his belief in the saving efficacy of Jesus’ words. He is aware that the words of Jesus can make whole his brokenness.

The Centurion recognizes Jesus’ ultimate authority. He knows what authority means, but implicit in his request is an awareness that Jesus reaches out to question all that is evil. He recognizes that in Jesus of Nazareth the goodness of the Kingdom of God has broken into his life. On the basis of faith he knows Jesus can do what he asks.

Jesus’ reply accurately assesses this man’s sense of God. It is on the basis of such faith that miracles happen. True religion, based on an honest assessment of oneself and a deep openness to the greatness of God has always worked the miracles of this world.

(Adapted from This is the Gospel of the Lord – Year C, by Francis J. Moloney, p 132-3).

Luke 7:1-10 After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4 When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5 for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” 6 And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 9 When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

 

Galatians 1:1-12 Paul an apostle—sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the members of God’s family who are with me – to the churches of Galatia:Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!10 Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 12 for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 1Kings 18:20-21, 30-39 20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word. 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come closer to me”; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down; 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name”; 32 with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. 33 Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time”; and they did it a second time. Again he said, “Do it a third time”; and they did it a third time, 35 so that the water ran all around the altar, and filled the trench also with water. 36 At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.”