Do you know we had snow last night? Have five days of balmy weather people were starting to think winter was getting over? Oops.. I think they may have forgotten that we live in Ontario and well.. SNOW HAPPENS in March as well. :) (I just hope we don't get late snow this year like in April and May). :)
Anyways, what passage to think on this morning?
Leviticus was on being holy. Proverbs was conversation by Agur and in Matthew I was struck by Jesus' compassion. All are worthy things to think on more but I can't do all three or I'd be here all morning. :) So I'll go with what struck me.
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him." 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, 4 because John had been saying to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter." 9 And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." 16 But Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." 17 They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." 18 And he said, "Bring them here to me." 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Neither a kind or a good death.
He wants to go off by himself.
But the crowd follows him.
They need him so much.
If it were me I would have wanted to blow them off. Holler at them to leave me alone so that I could mourn the death of my cousin.
But is that what Jesus did?
He had compassion on them.
He had so much compassion on them that he healed their sick AND he fed them. From five loaves and two fish he fed them.
He didn't holler.
He didn't drive them away.
He didn't sink into the sorrow that death can bring.
He had compassion.
I have to ask myself.
What would I have done in that situation?
Would I have turned away from the crowds? Snapped and snarled?
I'm tending to think that I would have.
I would hope and pray that I wouldn't.