Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fields of Gold

One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. Mark 2:23-3:6

Fields of Gold

They walked through golden fields
wheat and grain ripe and dancing
fed themselves enough to survive
and were thought to be traitors.

He walked up the crowded steps
and touched and broken man
restoring life and possibility
they called for him to be destroyed.

We stood in the sunlight and laughed
the days of rain banished with joy
and those who would have complete control
sought to do us harm.

We live in a world with enough
food and shelter and medicine
yet some are on the steps begging
and others hoard and criticize.

They took only what they needed
no extras, no padding, no safety
they showered the rich and poor alike
with love that mended broken hearts.

The world could not accept it
it was too beautiful and fine
so the riches of God's blessings
were thrown on the fire to burn away.

We walk in fields of gold today
and take all leaving none for others
we hoards and binge and exercise
hoping to control the demons within.

They walked through golden fields
wheat and grain ripe and dancing
fed themselves enough to survive
and we still think them to be traitors.

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