The use of more words
Does not yield understanding.
Rest in Mystery.
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A life of service is never wasted;
A potent truth if we embraced it.
As long as we will harm for gain,
This world of violence will remain.
It’s not a fact of war alone,
Or actions rending flesh and bone,
But it’s our ev’ry word and thought
We must amend to change our lot.
Words work wicked, wild wonders
Some speak subtle secrets soft.
Others orate ornate offerings,
Ancient axioms aimed aloft.
The wind says little.
When it is too loud, things break.
So it is with us.
The birds and the beasts
Only speak when it’s needed.
A lesson for us.
I was reading Mark 2 last night, and when I reached the teaching on the Sabbath, it snatched my attention. The text can be found here. In this text, Jesus’ disciples flout Sabbath protocol by picking grain to eat. This counts as “harvesting,” so they draw the ire of the legalistic religious scholars known as Pharisees.
I’ve read through this text countless times. The point seems clear, that the Sabbath is a gift to people, not a means of controlling them. This time, however, I was captivated by a thought that occurred around verse 24.
The biggest problem here is that the Pharisees would rather point and shout than help.
They could have offered food to the disciples if they cared that much. Instead, they’d rather just point out the problem with the intent of discrediting and shaming the hungry bunch.
How often do we humans do this?
We could help. We could take steps to solve the problem, offer support, act with kindness. Instead, we decide to shame and denounce.
Perhaps the best lesson we could all learn is to contribute good things when we are faced with evil things. The Pharisees’ problem was that they were legalistic about the Holiness Code without helping anyone actually achieve a greater level of holiness. Our problem is that it’s easier/more convenient to shame or insult via social media or conversation than it is to actually help create a healthier environment.
I plan to be more aware of this, watching my words, opting to take action more and more. It’s my hope that more of us will do the same. Virtue signaling does too little, and inaction costs too much.
Peace be with you!