Invitation to Rise

Daily reading: Luke 7:1-17
Friday February 10, 2017

Focus passage: He stepped forward and touched the stretcher on which the dead man was being carried.  Those carrying him stood still.  Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, get up.”  The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.” Luke 7:14-15

God graces us with compassion even when we don’t ask for it, even when we don’t seek it out, even when we don’t believe it is possible.
In the face of great loss, Jesus speaks words of life.  He invites the dead to rise.  He invites us to see the need in others and to meet them in that need with solidarity.
He invites us to rise:  To allow God into the dead places of our own lives, in our communities, in our nation and world.
He invites us to listen with compassion, so that we hear what is under the surface of the words we share.
He invites us to see with compassion, so we can see what might be hidden in plain site.  Today embrace the compassion of our Lord.  Let it rise within you.

Prayer: God help me to see need, in the faces of those on the margins, in places I would rather not look.  Open me to your expansive grace that breaks down barriers and includes all. May I be an agent of your compassion today. Amen.

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