Daily Archives: 21 August, 2013

Sunday 25th August – Sunday 21C

LUKE 13:10-17
Woman bent over,
eighteen years, unrelieved:
set free by a word.

The Teacher’s word was
liberation
restoration
reconciliation
inclusion
well-being
wholeness
hope
shalom.
And when the crowd saw
the word
they rejoiced,
recognising
their own release.

Beside this jubilant crowd
were some
for whom the word was
scandal
outrage
indignation
blasphemy
illegal.

But the time of God’s shalom
is not to be deferred until tomorrow
when it might be more convenient
or seemly.
The time of God’s shalom
is now.
        © Jeff Shrowder, 2013.
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