The Gospel last Sunday (June 3) was from Mark 2, the story of Christ healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. In the story, Christ was accused of breaking the law by the Pharisees who were so hard-hearted that after this event they held counsel on “how to destroy him”.
In her sermon, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth emphasized how Christ provoked conflict and challenged the status quo, “turning things upside down”. He challenged their (and our) concept of the Sabbath/Sunday, which has now become a time to celebrate consumerism, to “getting and spending”, instead of a day that “belongs to God”. “We long to be free from a consumer life style.”
As the end of the story reminds us, new life is a result of Christ going through death on the cross.
Submitted by Patrick Gossage