“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
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On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the Sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
Once again, we see the “law and order” Pharisees trying to trap Jesus.
These religious leaders thought they were simply being just.
They were sticklers for following the religious laws to the T.
You might call them fundamentalists.
You also could say that they saw the world from an “either-or” perspective: Either you followed the law or you didn’t.
It was black or white with no gray area.
They didn’t like the fact that Jesus seemed to break those laws on occasion.
Jesus saw the world from a “both-and” perspective: You could both follow the law and break the law when love demanded it.
For Jesus, the law always had to be tempered and filtered through the eyes of compassion.
What action would best lead to healing and restoration?
It would do us all well to follow his example.
For when we do, the kingdom of God is near.
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