Lenten Study 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021 – The Work of Compassion

Jesus was always seeming to get in trouble with the religious leaders and a lot of the trouble he got into had to do with the Sabbath.  I read in a commentary this week that the law simply said that the Sabbath day must be different from other days and that on it neither a man or his servants or his animals must work.  That is pretty broad, simple, lot of room for interpretation, and that is exactly what the people did.  They took that simple law and set out thirty-nine different classifications of work.  In the case of today’s story one of those classifications of work was to carry a burden.  The man in the story was carrying his mat, which could be seen as a burden.  Sometimes humanity works really hard at making simple things, like a day to rest, into something difficult, like thirty-nine different classifications for work. 

Read: John 5:1-18

As I recorded the video I got to thinking about how this time of Pandemic has caused a lot of us to move physically away from people.  We have done this for safety but a side effect has been that it has been harder to show love and compassion to others.  However, we cannot and should not let anything stop us from showing people the Light.  It is our task to shine the Light into the world, showing everyone the compassion and love of God.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Has this time of Pandemic been a time when you have rested from many things, one of them being showing a great deal of compassion and love to others?
  2. We have lost the ability to physically touch many people, to hug, hold hands, pat each other on the back.  How have you felt this loss of touch in your life?
  3. What new ways have you or could you shine the light of God into the world to show compassion and love to your family, friends, and to the world? 

So What Activity:  I have two activities for you today.  One is related to the questions above and the other is to watch a video about the compassion of God.  Enjoy. 

  1. Reach out to someone you have not talked to in a while, someone you may have lost touch with during this time of Pandemic.  Find out how they are doing.  Show them love and compassion, maybe not in the old ways, but in some new way. 
  2. Watch this video about the compassion of God. 

Blessings,

3 thoughts on “Friday, February 26, 2021 – The Work of Compassion”

  1. It is verse 14 that has me thinking. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

    I do not think his sin was making him sick, so why would Jesus say this to him?

    1. I think you are right, the sin was not making him sick. But in those times it was the widely held belief that sin made one sick, so in a way when Jesus healed him it was seen by the man as a forgiveness of whatever sin he or his family had done to put him into his state of sickness. Jesus was saying, just because you are healed does not mean that you can now go out now and live your life in anyway that you would like to live, you need to try and live a sinless life. Bad things might happen to you if you go out there and just live a reckless, sinful life. We have the same thing in our lives, we are forgiven of our sins, we are healed of that sin sickness and we could just go out and live sin filled lives knowing we will be forgiven again and again, but Jesus says the same thing to us, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

      Hope that helps. 🙂

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