April 6, 2022

The Gospel

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”

 

Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.”

 

They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are indeed doing what your father does.” They said to him, “We are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”


John 8:31–42 (LectionaryPage.net)

The Offering

Elaine Tindill-Rohr

 

Do you know anyone who you have met and you both found that you were family? Not blood family, but family nonetheless? Jesus is talking about found family, since the people who were nominally related to him meant him harm. “I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word.“ Not my family, my family isn’t trying to kill me. In doing this Jesus opens up his family to any who will know the truth.

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