Texts: Isaiah 58:9b-14; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17
But it’s not that easy, is it? As much as we know in our bones that justice and mercy bring life and health and happiness, injustice and oppression and violence still fill the world. Those of us lucky enough to have enough wealth and privilege to sequester ourselves from it—to move out of those neighborhoods, to send our kids away from those schools, to put up fences and gates and walls to keep those people out—we are not certainly not itching to offer our food to the hungry, or to bring the homeless poor into our houses. We yearn for a just and equitable society, but too often our yearning remains just that: mere yearning.