When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
The people of Israel were yearning for a savior…someone to free them from bondage. John the Baptist pointed them to Jesus. After John’s murder…the crowds flocked to Jesus. But while Jesus did not free them from the oppression of the Romans, He did free them from the oppression of following paths that were leading them away from God. He showed them the path to becoming their true selves. Jesus was always acting in love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion…restoring people to wholeness. Those who were physically sick were outcasts due to the false belief that God had inflicted them with illness for something they had done. Jesus wanted them to know that that was not true. He was always letting them know that God loved them unconditionally…no matter what they did or what illness befell them. Let that same knowledge transform and free you now. Jesus shows us the way to wholeness and freedom. As Ilia Delio writes in her book, The Emergent Christ: “Those who live in Christ bear the fruits of love, peace, charity, kindness, forgiveness, compassion, and reconciliation; through their lives God is born into the world in new ways, through new relationships, through greater unity.” Jesus was always about the work of creating “wholes”. Be a whole-maker. The choice to follow in Christ’s path…is yours.
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