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Can we become sanctuary? – 4th Sunday after Trinity

Today’s gospel reading lays out in one short story, not only the very essence of the Christian faith, but also its connection with the past and the profound change that it ushers in as Jesus both evokes that which has gone before, at the same time that he radically breaks with it. For Jesus stands within a great continuity, but he also represents in himself and in his teaching a great disruption, a refining clarity of mind that is able to strip the faith to its absolute essentials. The story of the Good Samaritan concerns radical inclusion, the recognition that our social and religious prejudices are all too often an attempt to restrict the Grace of God, within own own narrow minds and hearts. But Grace is infinitely broader and more generous than we conceive or allow.

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