Reflection prepared for 2016 Annual General Meeting–the theme of which is Allons-y!/Let’s Go!–of the Montréal & Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada. Originally presented in both French and English.
9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’, or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— 11 ‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go…’ 12 And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’
(Mark 2:9-12 NRSVA)
Nous n’avons jamais rien vu de pareil! dit la foule autour de Jésus.
We have never seen anything like this.
In the Gospels and in the person of Jesus Christ, our God is a God of miracles, of things that are too difficult for humans to understand. Starting with the earthly ministry of Jesus, the history of our faith, of the church, is a story of a God who loves, and who surprises, God’s people.
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