Thursday, September 11, 2008

Not for the queasy...

Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, tells the tragic story of Quasimodo, the misshapen bellringer of the Notre Dame cathedral. Few are willing to touch him, to see beyond his ugliness. And those who do, are taken from him in death. Jesus sees beyond our ugliness; he willingly touches us in order to cleanse us, making himself unclean in the process. Jesus too, dies a tragic death. But Christ's death is only the beginning of the story. Jesus rose from the dead -- he is alive! and his love is offered freely, willingly, to all. Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. as we read of Jesus' response to the pitiful leprous man who begged Jesus to cleanse him (Mark 1:40-45).

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