Sermon Summary for Sunday, August 21 | Respectfully Submitted by Kelley Dial
Dreaming with Olympic Clarity
Gold medal winning Olympians ascend to the top of the medal stand and hear their national anthem because of dreams. Dreams put into action by a combination of hard work, opportunity, perseverance, and, of course, talent. Years before their competitions, they found the freedom to see their future selves, to see God's call and wish for them.
For some, however, those dreams are more difficult. Our Gospel reading from Luke tells the story of Jesus healing a woman who had been crippled for 18 years. Dreams must have been hard for this woman who was literally and spiritually bent over, and her ability to see God's plan for her surely was as myopic as her physical vision. Jesus healed the woman and helped her see into the future to the possibilities that previously were only seen by God.
The leader of the synagogue rebuked Jesus because the miracle occurred on the Sabbath, a day of rest. While in hindsight the leader appears egotistical and cruel, it is just as likely that he was a faithful man simply doing his job and respecting rules designed to protect the people of God and help them flourish. He, too, had a myopic vision of the world and the possibilities of the future.
As with the crippled woman's Sabbath day healing, sometimes it takes a single event to show us when to push back at established rules if they no longer serve a legitimate purpose. For Mother Mary, a sermon referring to God as "She" provided a moment of clarity that allowed her to see the possibilities beyond her father's ideas of appropriate vocations for women. That single moment expanded her vision, allowed her to stand up straight and dream big dreams. Thanks be to God for that moment.
May we all look at the law as a gift that shows us the way to abundant life, question it when it doesn't meet those goals and dream dreams for ourselves as big as those God dreams for us.