Sometimes families put on a show of being united, so that they can give a good impression to others. However, there are often resentments, jealousies and quarrels that go on which outsiders don’t know about. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. If there are people living a lie, then Jesus can’t be found, because he is Truth. Jesus wants us free! Like a surgeon who has to cut between a tumor that is hurting a person, or a cancer that has to be removed, so Jesus comes between family members who are hurting each other. Like an infected wound, the puss needs to be cleaned out.
Is there anyone in your family with whom you have hurt feelings? Anyone whom you might be hurting by your silence and distance? Ask Jesus to come and help you by pouring the blood of his cross between you and the other person, so that you both can be healed.
On Sundays we follow the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.