Compassion and Solidarity

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Deuteronomy 24:14—25:19

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Mercy and justice are blended in these laws of Israelite society. Laws of justice have changed; those of mercy and compassion have not. The essence of the motive for compassion is the word “remember” found chapter 24, verses 18 and 22. The energy for compassion comes from solidarity with those whose lives are being diminished. Every person in need can present him or herself before you, prompting you to utter from your heart: “I’ve been there; I too have been a slave in Egypt.”

There we would continue to be, but for the mercy and grace of God upon our lives. Be a sacrament of love; be like Moses, who in the power of the coming Christ, led those in bondage in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land—the Kingdom that God is ever opening to you.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
You redeemed from slavery. 24:18
Sharing with those who have need 24:19
Same measure in every case 25:15
You give rest from enemies. 25:19

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