June 19, 2019

Faith and Family for June 23: Loaves and Fishes


LK 9:11B-17

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God,
and he healed those who needed to be cured.
As the day was drawing to a close,
the Twelve approached him and said,
“Dismiss the crowd
so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms
and find lodging and provisions;
for we are in a deserted place here.”
He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”

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When Jesus Broke the Rules

What do you do when you know what is right, but the rules forbid it? This question lies at the center of a story when Jesus is, according to this account, somewhat entrapped by the Pharisees; they are apparently looking for any excuse to silence and get rid of him.

The motive of the onlookers is made plain: “They watched him…so that they might accuse him” (Mark 3:2). The priorities of God in Jesus and priorities of those concerned with maintaining the status quo clearly surface:

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