Fast Day 20

Thursday, 11th March

Reading John 8: 31-47

They answered him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?’

John 8: 33

The people Jesus is in conversation with seem to be making it up as they go along. The idea of never having been slaves denies the period in Egypt before the Exodus, and also the exile, let alone that they are slaves to sin. What makes it even more interesting is the image in the first verse of the passage, verse 31, where John tells us that these are people who believed what Jesus was saying. It seems the crowd were happy to accept the Lord and his teaching, until it was pointed out they needed to know God in a new way.

Quite often we can be happy with the status quo, or even some minor change for others, but when it challenges us, when we are told to change our behaviour, to think about our habits, then we might get upset. Is there anything you are a slave to? What freedom might come with a change?

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