Trinity 4 (9/7/2017)

Pewsheet 9 July 2017


Jesus was creating a stir. Everybody was talking about him and arguing about whether this young rabbi was for real or not. John hears the gossip and sends his disciples to ask Jesus “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Matt. 11.3) Not that long before John was the one who baptised Jesus. But now John the Baptiser is confused – like everyone else. The great judgement that John had predicted had not materialised, and the message of Jesus is strikingly different.

Jesus sends back a message via John’s disciples, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’ We don’t hear how John responded.

Today’s Gospel brings together the contrasting styles and tones between John and Jesus.


God, we are shocked at the inclusiveness of your Love.
Forgive our narrowness and prejudice.
Heal those hurts which have left a legacy of fear
And hamper our capacity to trust.
Open our hearts to your love
That accepting your kind yoke
We may find in the struggles and difficulties of life
The joy and rest which you promise.