%PDF-1.7 1 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Outlines 2 0 R /Pages 3 0 R >> endobj 2 0 obj << /Type /Outlines /Count 0 >> endobj 3 0 obj << /Type /Pages /Kids [6 0 R 23 0 R ] /Count 2 /Resources << /ProcSet 4 0 R /Font << /F1 8 0 R /F2 9 0 R /F3 10 0 R /F4 11 0 R /F5 12 0 R /F6 14 0 R >> /XObject << /I1 19 0 R /I2 20 0 R /I3 25 0 R /I4 26 0 R >> /ExtGState << /GS1 15 0 R /GS2 16 0 R /GS3 17 0 R /GS4 18 0 R /GS5 21 0 R /GS6 22 0 R >> >> /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 612.000 792.000] >> endobj 4 0 obj [/PDF /Text /ImageC ] endobj 5 0 obj << /Producer (dompdf 1.0.2 + CPDF) /CreationDate (D:20240715201649+00'00') /ModDate (D:20240715201649+00'00') >> endobj 6 0 obj << /Type /Page /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 612.000 792.000] /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 7 0 R >> endobj 7 0 obj << /Filter /FlateDecode /Length 2612 >> stream xYMϯሤHI,qE ΡElgƜ[򪚔4^E`XuիWU"Z,_t'ҌUfkqWK M1X(Ӧ/w.2L/ :Z{\S3Xk<9zEeg7%l'|%E/l%OϬ,$ݤi*l^~E?s<CSnW5NЖ:%5c{ Q49qa d"N+l❋ğٖRW/AG2bFg|n h(7E 8gEe.!?83;x-7t;2A~8N$3 [gпǝ'6Y.cOu`U.dk/ōSN7JJ[јU] ۽]D5†j?Э]$ o N J|nĈ8]o^ Yj =X_ "]lfd-,7mĚB+w{;tl',ϣu k%NܴJ.j4 HKA yg)xΑJz!úigĖ%QJ:0OKKiPuQ2$x0z@ &d=ʃ[Z!Q@ Q?1洳Hm?PlyƆ1SEH*/7V*P608AD[UkPrxKֲ Zfp/2R}# [4cO=]ִr[㩟'P*hF2cv -Z4Hʢ)UQKe]էTz.)7 0~)/Ok]B 1ǿq OF{ĭldl}d| gy p4@oMՊK_./ɇ"$ht)p+EӠ7|"H[TH3p{ ristZ! j:8N7o).U.N,ڌ hF5uy0?t (꾒`욊^>] E$u"݆p{ժݣӲ,} > 0fPFIʄK%ՖoX%az+ IH f?W JLORru-P9 Ϡ4a"he!}&QdT$_n%Ĝb qLڢ2ƒ5=Z`Tr'/z6#tHW%َJa$$ !Igj!.dN9YGP}Y{pW#H=4\iE ';x {@?WG`yY؎ A(jeZX7i *R& NBfkU08LP4xu1ԚǾ+'n5jINfN4CQ$!1f9a`w3*H|lQت= deIɩCo2b gFQu0Zs·¬srdDH, >w_~VD.EJv T'[9!d7y( dKX`y#K冉yCNfR_!Hr1/;,k놘BxS9G"8zv"̗ޱt3C^m?v{ }sYflg8VPzt˂Iı=P(Yh+U0X!] H[M(mhiDp^IW)Ro&8֭9FPTzNݜ_GIr$>,xdKVy?N#!2"g4M|} «$Ɍ+M..SF#PpqJ}R I O: m({9zsE?VK>f?C.gh 'Vpy$^ZxxE`{AK>>}k>h;^m88hg<"Tr%8dOy\Wܲ3HMF~ i˗:8zHUOL% [Clf8gZY$EO^[Eď޷9g.K>IR~J&/OJsLFٴʹξ.$M B"?݂ę^UD\?(\\X~~sM/s:>}]ϲ l?<{_'GP%c endstream endobj 8 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F1 /BaseFont /Helvetica /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 9 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F2 /BaseFont /Times-Bold /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 10 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F3 /BaseFont /Times-Roman /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 11 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F4 /BaseFont /Helvetica-Bold /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 12 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F5 /BaseFont /Times-Italic /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 13 0 obj [6 0 R /Fit] endobj 14 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F6 /BaseFont /Times-Roman /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 15 0 obj << /Type /ExtGState /BM /Normal /ca 0.67 >> endobj 16 0 obj << /Type /ExtGState /BM /Normal /CA 0.67 >> endobj 17 0 obj << /Type /ExtGState /BM /Normal /ca 1 >> endobj 18 0 obj << /Type /ExtGState /BM /Normal /CA 1 >> endobj 19 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 550 /Height 140 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Predictor 15 /Colors 1 /Columns 550 /BitsPerComponent 8>> /ColorSpace /DeviceGray /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 5329>> stream xqDǯ뺒$ILfff&I335Lf2\3I2L&_3$3I$d+$\W=9y9lLss99P`0 `0 `0 `0 !U_:~u = F~sZŻدns⃪Qg¢G(F[-s͓^ DZ>d>3Dr#\OΉ, ZFwjux<;4Ƀxز#_v?nO<|{7c(b{Oū}w[N e~Hs䎷wwOn<1B.k+%U=eԘ -mCj)t:}c'ϓ*n"-ovkZ?R"V%wʶ7s]eX&eǕq` 1-2e JYHCFOUam 7:(Ԙt_@ހN t{B~ :V@}o#7!z^&zFL:ʤn X<- %"bNWqF c` M'4?cH-V`ǵAF>=#Ěm75dB I&7E5<>-͏їFǿl3M6x]Y&)2 FoΌ N.<t i4wL\^=_|Fo؏IȄ ik$ɄL?{?|tmCޮ=~T&iTevϷ'奔s?EꋄLPY͹箵?@L:Aˤ3y_:9AtA*0qVe- e6g)%a}.qKcI V/xʤzM|\ HSql0;*%+Mذ-闛obebu2iU&lLbtIcxb5^B#8 ޮaʻ _ w>j+L:$"&O;bZ K1 jmU玫ݢ=S/J<WO2'_yUPvp=`"aL5 Nl7"rlQT޼==-I[Se* F'(\`󴯉'{:נnVZ TG6*r$Tyx^LJū.C<3` %ANrxUo"˄ 0&$tO F&bIcW3GG͈ y!{m,LkCI d,(2"@ dR%F1thUL8Rݒ^+v9^?sʯYעDl~Qd" N2sc|ov}=F,3K#vxIvG^,[OM&wI[#,Jޙ\ض;L^fv[LbyYvM#/EI#/Zס$(ڼ ," &LK/IF i-Zx彰픢]MKeR n(PhV'LҸ\f$w/ e]"mɷWO߻˱ KerSPe (ӼGMȈ}X?ʍto7ZKl+81_Y&ǡd uʤ1Vw!sQ"/$zNkw(t)2BWQW"˄OXLp:e‡# וzn2F}qlc5ؾ:WH xLz LP:d# Q>(MRېd2Qt$o~R$YR5,-nޜLr_βehd" 2k1lvO X= eC p+[R=jU!֖}_DޟY2 (*wkZQ>Fl̲soR#^u3hhyTԲt.LtD8sk4z4Rbl@zp4hy0Tn\=.fnő Y/:TC9<@fSI$:QR/bq7DfR/ֻn)Vqd"䳽˄GL;ϝRG顼n&%Sv eFv,L"t}I&N> D73]$e)( ;]XhL`kSzJlcC$<)깍h}dr,1ܝRM뭍eMa $?e3f8΍҈&P(x+JU5{I 3 M- ;7|#G9 !\œ&=xp2,L{-`?OW":4uܚEadv ~9q.VdV%UT@73$@W¯B!ݒaVLH:!opr;gAɀiήpfߙR E/IDO*Luf0}{7mfyDxT.g)w5RvHx#Z]&M$ gZUTt+lZqZ_;a&JaG,-JLJDFIcV|:I3nB&;N0Lna=Y_Gl,p5,,kc EKgd;2vt7selT9˸sX޲.6r<1!| L0lTMS1?Xsf cq )KSgBB&׭x. v c@^Yk΀v],E[ɾ QhYyXXC2)g/J@su1ScL, ?C[{V2i͛!סӠ&> 6lu>4Ƕʤ|=12鱧l{^:a/Y%~].26G: p^CZ V&Vedҟ?RrX7d#I]ՕuL1 ?_ /12IEh ̴b<ӯ^e _ϝ䰻^]vy> /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 873>> stream x1j08-K/)],) &gi+:U̲\"9H!@"9H!@"9H!@eY.Z[p_E{QHKV[/`j%ʒcP,SX4W{7urd5ɱPr:-ֆʇX$$zfZpClbw7z{[]qGlwlGlZiM,ߺ7x}w` L9=3zpWL9 j)ۓB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$e]k` B$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$/؋ endstream endobj 21 0 obj << /Type /ExtGState /BM /Normal /CA 0.3 >> endobj 22 0 obj << /Type /ExtGState /BM /Normal /ca 0.3 >> endobj 23 0 obj << /Type /Page /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 612.000 792.000] /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 24 0 R >> endobj 24 0 obj << /Filter /FlateDecode /Length 823 >> stream x͎0}RG6p]7Y<>1c]\Qպ'3?^䬂#dpGՇk\0f,2*>lUM;%`w\칵܃gVF?&![tpD Q)Kc'pnrss/iZ;xesf@#%G\wZn}e 5H ZI@6*9r%uɶLp)r΃#;}p1b0uSδ+P\K9oOHf)zö&3}/x|nar]Β>פMP0Ks@Rpvb 6JR6`$m*fRzN8I \ņyJBngj!ґ&O*O1qJH}<:8C󛁈Gh =A#Id4$eUJ SZݣMVl JBgvNQ ;-?1xnVeu7‹ԭPzRXU>A<:jsJr=,oUq|=r~|D>JeOBIjˊ&Y*6IGҭ,[+cyV@X/f^"gYoQ m155/WEŚ\¹|i\Grj9to]ýY#\p3T^7jٔ=\ڨ3ljΰۧ xz endstream endobj 25 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 550 /Height 140 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Predictor 15 /Colors 1 /Columns 550 /BitsPerComponent 8>> /ColorSpace /DeviceGray /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 5329>> stream xqDǯ뺒$ILfff&I335Lf2\3I2L&_3$3I$d+$\W=9y9lLss99P`0 `0 `0 `0 !U_:~u = F~sZŻدns⃪Qg¢G(F[-s͓^ DZ>d>3Dr#\OΉ, ZFwjux<;4Ƀxز#_v?nO<|{7c(b{Oū}w[N e~Hs䎷wwOn<1B.k+%U=eԘ -mCj)t:}c'ϓ*n"-ovkZ?R"V%wʶ7s]eX&eǕq` 1-2e JYHCFOUam 7:(Ԙt_@ހN t{B~ :V@}o#7!z^&zFL:ʤn X<- %"bNWqF c` M'4?cH-V`ǵAF>=#Ěm75dB I&7E5<>-͏їFǿl3M6x]Y&)2 FoΌ N.<t i4wL\^=_|Fo؏IȄ ik$ɄL?{?|tmCޮ=~T&iTevϷ'奔s?EꋄLPY͹箵?@L:Aˤ3y_:9AtA*0qVe- e6g)%a}.qKcI V/xʤzM|\ HSql0;*%+Mذ-闛obebu2iU&lLbtIcxb5^B#8 ޮaʻ _ w>j+L:$"&O;bZ K1 jmU玫ݢ=S/J<WO2'_yUPvp=`"aL5 Nl7"rlQT޼==-I[Se* F'(\`󴯉'{:נnVZ TG6*r$Tyx^LJū.C<3` %ANrxUo"˄ 0&$tO F&bIcW3GG͈ y!{m,LkCI d,(2"@ dR%F1thUL8Rݒ^+v9^?sʯYעDl~Qd" N2sc|ov}=F,3K#vxIvG^,[OM&wI[#,Jޙ\ض;L^fv[LbyYvM#/EI#/Zס$(ڼ ," &LK/IF i-Zx彰픢]MKeR n(PhV'LҸ\f$w/ e]"mɷWO߻˱ KerSPe (ӼGMȈ}X?ʍto7ZKl+81_Y&ǡd uʤ1Vw!sQ"/$zNkw(t)2BWQW"˄OXLp:e‡# וzn2F}qlc5ؾ:WH xLz LP:d# Q>(MRېd2Qt$o~R$YR5,-nޜLr_βehd" 2k1lvO X= eC p+[R=jU!֖}_DޟY2 (*wkZQ>Fl̲soR#^u3hhyTԲt.LtD8sk4z4Rbl@zp4hy0Tn\=.fnő Y/:TC9<@fSI$:QR/bq7DfR/ֻn)Vqd"䳽˄GL;ϝRG顼n&%Sv eFv,L"t}I&N> D73]$e)( ;]XhL`kSzJlcC$<)깍h}dr,1ܝRM뭍eMa $?e3f8΍҈&P(x+JU5{I 3 M- ;7|#G9 !\œ&=xp2,L{-`?OW":4uܚEadv ~9q.VdV%UT@73$@W¯B!ݒaVLH:!opr;gAɀiήpfߙR E/IDO*Luf0}{7mfyDxT.g)w5RvHx#Z]&M$ gZUTt+lZqZ_;a&JaG,-JLJDFIcV|:I3nB&;N0Lna=Y_Gl,p5,,kc EKgd;2vt7selT9˸sX޲.6r<1!| L0lTMS1?Xsf cq )KSgBB&׭x. v c@^Yk΀v],E[ɾ QhYyXXC2)g/J@su1ScL, ?C[{V2i͛!סӠ&> 6lu>4Ƕʤ|=12鱧l{^:a/Y%~].26G: p^CZ V&Vedҟ?RrX7d#I]ՕuL1 ?_ /12IEh ̴b<ӯ^e _ϝ䰻^]vy> /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 873>> stream x1j08-K/)],) &gi+:U̲\"9H!@"9H!@"9H!@eY.Z[p_E{QHKV[/`j%ʒcP,SX4W{7urd5ɱPr:-ֆʇX$$zfZpClbw7z{[]qGlwlGlZiM,ߺ7x}w` L9=3zpWL9 j)ۓB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$e]k` B$ DrB$ DrB$ DrB$/؋ endstream endobj xref 0 27 0000000000 65535 f 0000000009 00000 n 0000000074 00000 n 0000000120 00000 n 0000000485 00000 n 0000000522 00000 n 0000000671 00000 n 0000000774 00000 n 0000003459 00000 n 0000003566 00000 n 0000003674 00000 n 0000003784 00000 n 0000003897 00000 n 0000004008 00000 n 0000004037 00000 n 0000004147 00000 n 0000004207 00000 n 0000004267 00000 n 0000004324 00000 n 0000004381 00000 n 0000009956 00000 n 0000011087 00000 n 0000011146 00000 n 0000011205 00000 n 0000011310 00000 n 0000012206 00000 n 0000017781 00000 n trailer << /Size 27 /Root 1 0 R /Info 5 0 R /ID[] >> startxref 18912 %%EOF Focus - Liberation Day | Caring Magazine

Focus – Liberation Day

Listen to this article

reardon
by Lt. Amanda Reardon – 


Like many Americans, I have spent time this month reflecting on the rights and liberties I enjoy in this country. Though I’m weary from the crime and discouraged by the materialism that saturate this society, the pomp and sparkle of Indepen-dence Day remind me what a privilege it is to live in a land where the fulfillment of one’s potential is encouraged, not squelched.

It has not always been so free for everyone in this land. The right to vote would not have been mine a few generations ago, because I am a woman. The right to own anything–even oneself–has not always belonged to the black men and women here. Today, we recognize that these rights are reasonable. But long before Americans secured these freedoms, Jesus declared us all of equal value, on what I like to call “Liberation Day.”

“Liberation Day” was the day Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well and turned her life around (John 4: 1- 42). In my opinion, it is one of the more pivotal points in Scripture. The first act of liberation in this passage was the equalization of all ethnic groups. To Jews, the lowest human form was a Samaritan. Typically, a traveling Jew would avoid setting foot in Samaria, no matter what length it added to his journey. Samaritans were “half-breeds” whose ancestors were a mix of Jew and non-Jew (II Kings 17). But Jesus was in Samaria, offering living water–salvation–first to a woman, and eventually to all the town. In choosing to offer living water to a non-Jew, Jesus offered salvation to all non-Jews. He made it plain in verses 22 and 23 that though salvation came from the Jews, it was now for anyone who would worship in spirit and truth.

Jesus’ second act of liberation was directed at womankind. There are many in Christian churches today who believe women are ecclesiastical inferiors, without equal place in the church. They mistake social observations and cultural reflections in Scripture for biblical by-laws. There is so much to be said on this crucial subject, but we can begin by pointing to John 4 and noting that the greatest, most significant spiritual revelation of all time was made to a woman. She astutely mentioned the coming of the Messiah, perhaps realizing that the man at the well could be he. He then told her frankly: “I who speak to you am he” (v. 26). Would Jesus choose to make this declaration to her if her womanhood made her spiritually less than man? You will find that this woman went on to lead an entire town to Christ (v. 39). It makes me shudder to think that if she had done so while standing behind a pulpit, many Christians would call it heresy.

Finally, we are confronted by the greatest liberating act of all. In this account, we see the woman at the well was an experienced sinner. In fact, the poor, used, shell of a woman was at the bottom of society. She had sunk so low she found it necessary to draw her water from the well at noontime, in the scorching heat. Decent women came to the well in the cool of the day. I can only presume this woman came when she would be alone because she couldn’t bear the public humiliation she would have to endure if the others were there to scorn her. She even begged Jesus for a drink of the living water of which he spoke because she assumed it would mean she would never need to visit the well again.

But Jesus took this pathetic creature and liberated her. He gave her living water. Set her free. Restored her self respect. Once the Messiah himself forgave her, why should she fear the scrutiny of human beings? Jesus broke down all barriers on that day! All prejudices were dispelled, because Jesus chose as representative of humanity someone who was of an oppressed sex, a despised ethnic group, and an unacceptable reputation. By revealing the greatest truth of all time to someone sitting on the lowest rung of the social ladder, he equalized all of humankind; he put us on the same rung.

More important, when Jesus offered salvation to the most dishonored person he could have found, he made it clear that no one is beyond redemption. No sin-stain is so dark that he can’t erase it. No soul has wandered so far that he can’t retrieve her.

That woman’s day was my Liberation Day. As a woman, I was declared equal. As a gentile, I was included in God’s plan. As a thirsty sinner, I was offered the cool redemption of living water. Let all who would be free stand side by side, without discrimination, and eagerly drink of the water of life.

Prev
On the Corner

On the Corner

by Robert Docter –  Life happens between endings and beginnings

Next
I’m Pro-Life

I’m Pro-Life

Yuillogistically Speaking by Major Chick Yuill – The other week I made a

You May Also Like