Often the readings rearrange themselves in your mind to fit the present. Let me take up three passage from today’s readings.
First, let’s look at the following country life images. They are so calm and beautiful:
The lamb will graze in spacious meadows; the oxen and the asses that till the ground, and they will eat silage tossed to them with shovel and pitchfork.
In contrast look at the lack of harmony in the people milling about Jesus. He saw them as “troubled and abandoned like sheep without a shepherd.”
Yesterday I had conversations with two young ladies who were troubled by people who were “troubled and abandoned like sheep without a shepherd.”
One young lady who is in nurse’s training, as part of hr course, has just spent a month working with the mentally handicapped. I asked her if she would like to work in that field, and she said, “No, the system is so corrupt. They put these people out on the streets in need of expensive medications, with no employment for earning the price of them; so they necessarily end up incarcerated.”
The other young lady was interviewed for helping prisoners gain high school diplomas. She said that the tons of regulations stifle the teachers. Instead of letting them fit the lessons to the talents and available time of individual students, they bind them to make each student work his or way through a massive textbook.
Now, Jesus could find a way to get around those crippling regulation. Isn’t is up to these two young ladies to be or Lord’s channels for straightening things out.