Friday, March 6, 2015

Daily Devotion for Lent 2015, Day 15

Daily Devotion for Lent

Friday, March 6, 2015, Day 15

Mark 6:30-44 (NRSV)

Where do all these people come from that they can just sit and listen to a rabbi all day?

Don't they have jobs?

They really should have had foresight to bring something to eat.  That was really irresponsible of them.

After all, if they won't work or plan ahead, why should we feed them?

If we feed them, we are actually depriving the local economy where they otherwise would have purchased food.

Send them away, Jesus.

After all, am I my brother's keeper?

And who's got time for that, anyway?

And I still hear Jesus saying,

"You give them something to eat."

Today's prayer is in honor of the World Day of Prayer which is the first Friday in March. It was written by Nora Carmi, World Day of Prayer International Committee Middle East representative.

From a hill overlooking Jerusalem, we pray, during this blessed Lenten period, for every person in our country, Palestine, especially the inhabitants of the sacred city, Jerusalem, our brethren and their families in the West Bank, In Gaza, who are living in demolished homes. We pray for the children who are left without schools, the sick who are deprived of hospitals, for all those striving and struggling to support and help their families.

Today we also pray for the refugees and the people of Syria, Iraq and those in Mosul, Lebanon and the whole of the Middle East. Our Lord and Father, fill us with hope, with knowledge and conviction peace, justice and equality to prevail.  Amen.

I've thrown away old moldy bread
without even considering its
abundance in my household.

Photo by By Maestrosync at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

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