Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5 (R/. 1a); Colossians 1:24-28; cf. Luke 8:15; Luke 10:38-42
Do you ever look at maps? You quickly conclude there is no logical explanation for how countries or states are formed. It is all so arbitrary and fluid, truly “man-made.” Boundaries also tend to shift over time, sometimes due to changes in the earth, but more often, once again, to “man-made” situations like war or political agreements. Relational boundaries also tend to shift with time and circumstances, even between God and us. In the story of God visiting Abraham and Sarah, a boundary into deeper intimacy shifts when God promises Abraham that within a year Sarah will have a son. Another boundary is crossed when God speaks to Sarah for the first time. Unfortunately, we do not get to hear it today.
A Jewish home had physical boundaries, “male space” and “female space.” Mary was not in the kitchen where she “belonged.” More than that, she was sitting at the feet of the Jesus, the posture of a disciple, another crossing over into male territory. Jesus made it clear where, and what, Mary could be.
God is so into creation that it has not ended; new realities keep on coming. What boundaries in your life need shifting?