I wrote this for a Catholic daily reading. It was rejected because it was poorly written and no way for them fix it, to put it on their website. I am putting it on my blog because I think it is prophetic, considering it was written last November. The other reason it is prophetic, is the news of the leadership in Catholic Church has just been put into the light. They were afraid of upsetting leadership. SO SAD. My proof FEAR is ruining our Catholic Church.
September 11, 2018
Luke 6: 6-11
On another sabbath he went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man whose right hand withered. The scribes and the Pharasees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him. But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand. “Come up and stand before us.” And he rose and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” looking around at him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so and his hand was restored. But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
Where do you stand when someone is using religious law to condemn others? Are you an accuser or a courageous lover towards all? Fear causes us to lose sight of real love and compassion. We look for reasons to argue with those who threaten our rigid traditions and even chase them off. Is it religious jealousy that enraged the Pharisees or Jealous Pride? Was Jesus a threat? Even though Jesus knew he would be plotted against he still restored the mans withered hand. He knew and we also know when leaders are looking to falsely accuse us. Goodness always threatens those who are blinded with envy and hate. How do we feel about those who are filled with goodness? Maybe threatened that we are not good enough? Maybe we like power and control? Do we save life or destroy it? Our hardhearted sin never makes sense after the fact. Now in this case, Jesus’ perfect love, courage, and compassion brought life to a withered hand. Help us repent of all religious competition and fear and help us choose life instead of death.
Lord help me to be courageous and ignore the majorities prejudiced religious accusations. Help me to be loving and compassionate and bring healing to this sick world. May the church leaders and congregations repent and bring back the lost sheep who are wounded and need healing.
September 11th 2001, is our reminder of what Religious hatred and prejudice can do, at its very worst. Do you pray for peace? Our Lady of Fatima warned us in 1917! Did you listen? Pray the Rosary.