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Keeping Jesus locked away – 3rd Sunday after Trinity

In the Gospel reading Jesus says: Go! I am sending you like lambs among wolves…… Whenever you go into a town and are made welcome, eat what is set before you, heal the sick in that town, and say to the people there, “The Kingdom of God has come near you.’ ”.

We like to think that we would always be the people to welcome Jesus if he knocked at our door, and if he asked to stay, we would surely invite him in. But are we really prepared for him to turn our lives upside down, are we ready to make the changes he would require, the sacrifices he would expect? What if it turns out, that we might be the wolves? Are we ready to set Jesus free, or would we decide to lock him up?

Apologies for the delivery in some parts – I tested positive for Covid the day before I recorded the readings/sermon and had to video on green screen from home – and intercut with some past footage – I hope it won’t spoil the service too much for you.

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