On Sunday we looked at becoming a more confessional church so we can meet one another without the need for facades – and without guilt or shame. God’s mercy and forgiveness come with no strings attached, bringing peace and joy, and Jesus came to free us from religious and social systems that tell us otherwise. Church is meant to be a laboratory where we learn to see how life unfolds in God’s Reality. The blind beggar Bartimaeus could see the potential for that life present in the God-man Jesus. Do we see that possibility in our own transformation in Christ? Are we willing to move toward it even if it means leaving old and familiar ways behind?