Religious rigor, moral fervor, I think these are sure signs of overcompensation in your spiritual life. It’s a sure sign that you’re trying to save yourself when what you need to do is be open to God’s grace even when that grace falls on the seventh day. Even when that grace falls on the day of rest. And how fitting for that day of rest… How fitting for the seventh day already to be the day of rest, the day where God did no work, rested from his labor, and took delight in all he had. The seventh day is the day of grace, so what better day to receive the physical grace of healing, and the spiritual grace of the exorcism that this woman received? What better day to experience the delight that the crowds experienced than on the Sabbath?
Sermon for Proper 16.
Readings from Isa. 58:9b-14; Heb. 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on August 25, 2019.