Jesus spent three years engaging the crowds. Each had their agenda and need. Some wanted to shape Jesus into their image and the leader they were hoping for. Some wanted to see if they would rise in power and status with Jesus. Others came for more basic needs like healing or a blessing. The gospel writer tells us that when Jesus saw the crowds, he had great compassion for them and he engaged their needs. The church may exist within walls that are spiritual and physical, but they are supposed to be permeable. During the season of Lent and Easter we will venture into the realm of openness and inclusion. Not in the social sciences language, but the language of tradition and faith. Jesus is one who still meets needs today and the church should be the bridge that brings the needy and the great provider together.
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