Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 15-MAR-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Lent 3 – Jesus bridged a considerable social gap when he, a Jewish man, took the initiative of engaging an unaccompanied, socially isolated Samaritan woman, to share with her some deep spiritual truths. It gave her the courage to rejoin her village community and tell them all about it. Her life was transformed. It has been shown that social rejection often leads to loneliness and mental illness, while social connection and cohesion are associated with wellness. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading around the world, we are being told, on the best of medical advice, to maintain a safe distance between ourselves and anyone else. Not to socialise? No, there are ways of caring for our neighbours even if we keep our distance physically. In cities with compulsory lockdowns there are blue skies instead of polluted grey, birds can be heard singing, people are reflecting, and neighbours are singing to each other through open windows. Isolation doesn't have to be loneliness. There may be endemic sickness, but there doesn't need to be disease of the soul.
John 4: 5-15, 27-30

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