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Lenten Devotional – Day 19 – Love Binds Us Together

Scripture Readings:  Genesis 45:16-28;   1 Corinthians 8:1-13;   Mark 6:13-29

These three scriptures gave me a great deal of trouble. After several attempts at meditation nothing came to me; ready to throw down the pen, I tried one more time. What I was failing to see was a faint thread woven into all three scriptures. It is love that binds us together, not only in community but with strangers.

Joseph was able to forgive his brothers and allow God’s plan to take place. When the process of forgiveness takes place … peace … takes over allowing love to fulfill us.

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians talks about those that believe it was okay to eat the meat left over from sacrifices to the pagan idols and those that did not. This reminded me of society today and how we have a tendency to separate into various groups and try to encourage others to do what we believe is right, in so doing encouraging others to do what they believe is wrong. When love binds us together, our concern for others should take precedence over our individual desires. We should care for harmony and reconciliation to be able to see Christ in the face of those we see every day.

Herod is a good example of allowing his love for his daughter to encourage the beheading of John the Baptist. Herod was more concerned with regards to the promise he made to his daughter in front of his guest than in what he believed. How many times as individuals do we allow our head and not our heart and soul to direct our actions?






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