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How did you get such learning without having been taught?

Mid-Lenten Reflection

How did you get such learning
without having been taught?

John 7:15

When Jesus went to the temple courts and began to teach, the learned ones were amazed and wondered how in the world this so-called “uneducated” man had gotten to be so smart. I imagine that they had expected him to know nothing at all since they had not taught him anything. In other words, they had not had a chance to limit his thinking to fit within their narrow frame. Simply because Jesus did not behave or speak in the ways they wanted and expected, the religious authorities of the day demonized, imprisoned, and ultimately killed him.

  • Have you ever known something that you had never been taught?
  • Did you share what you knew with anyone else?
  • Were you believed?
  • Is there someone else whose truth-telling you do not believe today?
  • Which is the greater challenge for you: not to believe or not to be believed?

O God, in the midst of this Lenten Season,
Grant us courage to speak the truth of our limited understanding,
Strength to carry on even when our truth is not believed,
Faith to believe new truths,
And wisdom to expand our knowing
So that we and others might live.
And so it is. Amen.

by Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

on behalf of the
Metropolitan Community Churches Council of Elders

Elder Nancy G. Maxwell, Convener
Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
Elder Nancy G. Maxwell
Rev. Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis
Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD

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