Day 17 – January 17

Today’s Readings:

Genesis 33-35
Matthew 12:1-23
Psalm 17

And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?” so that they might accuse him.

The Pharisees were looking for ways to trap Jesus so they might have reason to put Him to death. When the moment presents itself they pose their question to Jesus and watch. They want to catch him in the act of…what exactly? Of restoring a person to wholeness? Showing mercy? This phenomenal healing by Jesus didn’t even register with the Pharisees, their eyes were too fixed upon finding fault to condemn him that they miss the working of God in their midst.

Sometimes we can be like the Pharisees and miss the point of God working in our lives as we settle for the rules. Now rules in themselves are good, but when we are so stringent in our observance that we don’t see the needs of those around us, we may need to readjust our focus, with lenses of compassion and mercy.

Let us ask the Lord to assist us today, to see the needs around us and to act with compassion and mercy, like Jesus.

May God bless you!



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