for February 21, 2023
02-21-2023 Matthew Ch 12 v-0914 Sabbath good do was His Command
Gospel of Matthew Ch 12 v- 9 thru 14
9 Moving on from there, he went into their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man there who had a withered hand. They questioned him, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?” so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep that falls into a pit on the sabbath will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable a person is than a sheep. So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and it was restored as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to put him to death.
Our Ministry has been working with a man named Louie who has been transitioning out of prison after 10 years for standing up to his brother’s neighbor who had threatened him and Louie took offense at that. Now, I agree that the situation got out of hand but it’s hard to agree with what happens to an individual during the community control portion of his probationary period once he is paroled. For a man who has never been in any trouble his entire life serving in the Army and taking on fire in Vietnam rescuing a fellow soldier where he received a purple heart and a silver star for bravery. A person who had no alcoholism or drug abuse in his past nor was he uncooperative in discussing his community control just weary of not being able to support himself. I’m in shock how he was spoken to about looking for employment as well as how he was forced to stay in a 17-foot travel trailer or he would be violated and returned to prison.
The situation was ludicrous he couldn’t look for a job he couldn’t walk to the dumpster to take out his trash he wasn’t allowed to accept any meals from neighbors unless they took them to his door in other words he had to have permission to walk to the toilet go get groceries or accept any work at all. No side work. No helping neighbors helping neighbors. Nothing. Yesterday Louie was handcuffed at his parole officer’s meeting and violated for going to church early on a Sunday morning. I was taking him to Church every Sunday. Normally we would go to the 11 AM Mass but this Sunday we took him to the 8 AM Mass picking him up at 730. Well, his probation officer came to visit at 8 and violated him for leaving early and returning early as well as taking a plate of food from his neighbor while walking to the dumpster to take out his trash. I’m at a loss why they expect so much but allow so little to accomplish the ability to provide for themselves. The system is broken and needs help. Please pray for us as we enter a first appearance courtroom today hoping a judge will see how preposterous this really is. Amen.
Join me as we pray our daily prayer of forgiveness. I am sorry Lord. I believe You died and rose for me. Please forgive me as I forgive others. I share You as my Lord and Savior seeking to live your Will in all things. Prayers for wife Toni and my mother Betty pray for our children especially our two oldest Alexandra & Allen; Julian, Gabriel and Jeffrey and our grandchildren Oliver, Julian and Elliott. We pray for those we’ve said we’d pray for and those who’ve asked us to pray for them. We pray for the dying as we do each day Lord give them peace in their last breath. Silence for the prayers of others dealing with the war in Ukraine. In the Holy Spirit we pray our brothers in Kairos especially a prayer for our men in blue. We pray for Holy Mother Church. We pray for our Holy Mother in the name of Louie. Daily prayers for our neighbor Thelma. Prayers for a friend and his wife for a baby to be born. In Jesus Precious Blood by His Name we pray. Amen.
I am a poet obedient to Christ,
Evangelist Thomas Cruz†Wiggins
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02-21-2023 Matthew Gospel Ch 12 v-0914
**Sabbath good do was His Command**
Synagogue went Jesus there
Hand withered hand care
Sabbath cure lawful prepare
Him accuse why dare
Jesus addressed them unafraid
Parable of a lost sheep conveyed
Sabbath proves a sheep pit fall dismay
Lift it as works you shouldn’t display
Sheep has no value like a man
Sabbath good do was His Command
Hand out stretched He would take a stand
Soundly restored death counsel Pharisees plan
© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins
February 21, 2023 @ 5:15 AM EST
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