“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” Rumi
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Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.
Jesus picks up where he left off in yesterday’s scripture reflection with another lesson on dualism.
That is the tendency of the human brain to separate everything in the field into opposites.
The subject in mind is determined to be either good or bad.
Dualism is the tendency to divide everything as either in or out.
It’s all or nothing.
It’s a revelation to many people that there are gray areas in between.
Sure, there are some definite rights and wrongs, but life is usually more complicated than that.
The religious leaders were once again trying to trap Jesus into doing something that violated their laws so they could kill him.
(Note to self: Religious leaders plotting to kill anyone is a problem!)
Jesus again showed them that curing someone on the Sabbath might violate the law that prohibited work, but it was the loving thing to do!
Love needs to be our main motivator when living our lives.
It will definitely make matters messy and complicated.
But if entered into with integrity, compassion and transformation will blossom.
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