One sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said 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 and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was 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 conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. Mark 2:23 – 3:6
Stretch Out Your Hand
We are bound by pain and loss
imprisoned by fear and anxiety
jailed by our own inadequacies
threatened by all our human rules.
There is no judgement in heaven
there is light eternal love unbounded
there is forgiveness aplenty for all
and room for the worst with the best.
God living on earth brought healing
fed the hungry, tarried with the worthless
found treasure in the least of us
and nobility in every wretched beggar.
God walked among all of us then
and walks among all of us even now
we are bound and broken by humanity
freed daily by the source of all love.
Come stretch out your hand
lean into love, let go of judgement
you were made royalty and blessed
children of the God of boundless love.