Do good or harm

         Jesus said to them, “Is it lawful
         to do good or to do harm on the sabbath,
         to save life or to kill?”
         But they were silent.
                   —Mark 3.4

Jesus breaks no commandments,
dismisses no law.
He radicalizes them,
distills them down to their essence
and magnifies them.

The laws of God are not rules to follow,
they’re the way of resisting harm
and giving life,
not merely avoiding moral error
but doing good.

There is no neutral position,
no bystanding. Silence in the face of evil
is evil.

The good news is
it is lawful to do miracles.

God, help me
to join in your life-giving work,
not to avoid mistakes,
but to bless, to heal,
to plant the seeds of your grace,
in your Spirit, to do miracles.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

May 31, 2021

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