As Jesus was walking he came upon a blind man. His disciples asked him, because he was a prophet and someone who seemed to known secret truths, “Who sinned, this man or his parents?” His disciples wouldn’t have known that the man was born blind. And, in their understanding of illness and disability it was a life of impurity and wickedness that caused difference or sickness. This was a theology you couldn’t investigate too deeply, because there were good people who grew sick, and wicked people who prospered. But in a world where everything was appointed by God, this kind of thinking made the most sense.
Have you ever been so thirsty that your parched lips have cracked and split? Your tongue felt heavy, like cotton in your mouth? And, your throat so sore that swallowing hurt?Today we’re talking about thirst. A woman, carrying her water jar, went to the well in the heat of the day.
Recently a friend questioned how we understand rape in the Biblical texts, whether it is a sex act or an act of violence.
This is a vital question because so often we gloss over sexual violence in our Sunday and Bible study readings without a second thought. Yet, as a people called by the Gospel—a Good News of justice and liberation—how can we ignore something in our sacred scriptures that we know, in our guts, is so wrong?