All Saints Messenger - May 31, 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 11:01 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Don't forget our Summer Blast Event, tomorrow night from 5-8. Fun for everyone!

Any of you who have received a speeding ticket or the like probably do the same thing that I have done. We slowly merge back into traffic and for a while I manage to keep my "heavy" foot off the gas pedal. My willpower doesn't last for long, though--a few days perhaps. Still, being caught, called out, or shamed is a compelling, albeit fleeting force. 

Jesus didn't stay on the good side of the law for even a few days. Seemingly, on the same Sabbath day as the grain plucking incident, Jesus again flagrantly breaks the law by restoring the withered hand of a fellow synagogue-goer. Again Jesus justifies his actions with an appeal to the inherent righteousness of doing good rather than harm. One would expect Jesus to follow what proper religious practice dictated and ignore the man on the assumption that his gnarled hand was a sign of a gnarled soul.

But Jesus is intent on doing good. And for that--for daring to disrupt a system that, while good for some, is calculatedly designed to keep the most vulnerable from receiving even the simplest of blessings--Jesus earns himself a death warrant.

Make us thankful for your gift of rest Lord, and when there is good to be done, help us to do it even if it means breaking the rules. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+