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Proper 16

Isaiah 58.9b–14
Hebrews 12.18–29
Luke 13.10–17

Can the leader of the synagogue hear himself? Has he any idea what he sounds like? You can feel the silence that ripples out of the crowd as their religious leader tries to persuade them that what they have seen is wrong and an affront to God. He keeps saying to one person after another, ‘Surely you can see that there are other days for healings?’ He keeps waiting for nods of support, for expressions of indignation against Jesus. But he doesn’t get them. The crowd know what they have seen and whose side they are on...

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