Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Luke 13:10-17

Pentecost +13

Luke 13:10-17

A question has arisen regarding whether Jesus can be hypocritical? A good bit of this depends on how one sees Chalcedon - now calcified or not? A reference book I find helpful is John Hick's, The Metaphor of God Incarnate in which he describes the difficulties theologians have today, regardless of their stripe, in justifying the divine/human uniqueness of Jesus and Christ. Hypocrisy is a justification of the past and a fear of changing it.

One story that comes to the fore is when Jesus dismisses the Syrophoenician woman and her daughter, only to recognize his hypocrisy when hearing her response. In the gospel lesson for this week, those who hear Jesus response are not able to recognize their own hypocrisy and to change directions.

Having light feet is one helpful way to reduce one’s hypocrisy level. Folks whose feet are stuck in one concrete or other and whose mouths deny this reality, seem unable to dance away from hypocrisy and reform their lives.

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