“Go and take this news to John, what you have seen and heard:
those who were blind receive sight,
those who were lame walk,
those who were diseased-in-skin are cleansed,
those who were deaf hear,
those who were dead are raised,
those who are poor have good news proclaimed to them.
The Christian faith is about relationships. It has always been about relationships. John’s followers aren’t sure what to do with Jesus and his followers. Are they about the same thing? Is he what we have been looking for? What is the meaning of this? So they go to them. They ask. They listen deeply. They build a relationship. Go tell John what you see and hear, Jesus tells them.
Our own recent history of Christianity has found us thinking of mission as one-directional. Those of “us” centered in the culture, with the resources and the power give for the blessing of others in need. We are learning, though, to move beyond forms of charity to unequals to mutuality among equals whose stories and lived experiences are different from our own and allow us to experience mutually transformative relationships.
Hermán, a sibling and wise guide from the Colombia Presbyterian church says it this way: the church was never designed to build community just for us.
The blind see, the lame walk, death is overcome, good news to the poor—in spirit and in truth—good news for all!
Readings: 4th Sunday of Easter: Acts 2:22–24 † Psalm 9:9–14 † 2 Corinthians 4:7–12 † Luke 7:18–23
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