Devotion for Thursday, March 20th

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2014

Matthew 12:9-14
He left that place and entered their synagogue;  a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?” so that they might accuse him.  He said to them, “Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out?  How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”  Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other.  But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

In this modeling of love, Jesus exudes loving kindness and cannot be any other
way. As he shares his belief of just helping this man whose hand is deformed
because they are there crossing paths. He does not consider the social jeopardy
he is putting himself in by “working on the Sabbath” because he is love and
cannot explain except in parable about the sheep needing help in the well.

Jesus, is the example of how we should live our one precious life. Sharing
loving kindness to all we have in the moments of our lives. Loving the beauty
and the depth in each person and parts of nature. They are all one. We are all
one. Our life work is to Love as God loves.  Jesus demonstrated lovingness
throughout his ministry here to make heaven on earth. May we follow in his
footsteps choosing life, fearlessly.

– Submitted by Joan Feury

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