Inclusive Lectionary reading: Isaiah Chapter 25 verses 6-10a / Psalm 23 verses 1-6 /  Matthew Chapter 15 verses 29-37.


Sisters and Brothers, we read in Matthew that as Jesus called upon his disciples, he said to them “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.   Jesus looked towards their well-being. Jesus did not send the people away as if they were in a throwaway society. Jesus knew when to protect himself and others. Jesus witness that to those he was ministering to were not only getting the best of him, but his focus was to point away from himself and  to Gods love for them.

How are we when we are with peoples who may disturb us? How are we when certain people trigger an emotional outburst  from us? Sometimes we have to remember that certain peoples may remind us of someone in our lives that we have not fully healed with yet. To the many things that happen to us throughout the day, it is my reaction to it is what matters most.

I am sure we have  close friends and family who suffer in one way or another with some type of mental or emotional illness, and this causes us pain and stress, but God reminds us not to think they are less important than those who respond positively to us and others.

Do we remember that we are all children of God loved unconditionally?

Rumi says, “How can I become polished when I am annoyed by every rub?” (paraphrased)

 + Michael Theogene


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