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Missing the point of what Jesus is about is a common occurrence. The leader of the synagogue in today's gospel reading could not see that Jesus fulfilled the very meaning of sabbath in his healing -- finding our wholeness in God!
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Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, forgive us when we fail to recognise you in other people.
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Reading:
Matthew 27:11-54 (NRSV)

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