In the Gospels it is written
plainly, so that all may see:
Jesus' life of deep compassion
marks the way our lives should be.
Jesus sought the shunned and outcast,
gave respect to women scorned,
cured a leper, dined with sinners,
healed a soul by madness torn.
Gospel writers told the story
so that we might hear and heed:
Jesus moved beyond tradition
where it hindered human need.
In the synagogue at worship
on a Sabbath, Jesus healed;
ancient custom did not rule him--
to Christ's mercy it would yield.
Out of habit, out of custom,
we are bound by ancient fears,
lacking courage to discover
what must change with passing years.
Holy Spirit, teach us wisdom,
give us grace to see today
that new world we must envision
to be faithful to your way.