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Monday, September 5th: Set like a mapapi

“The scribes and Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure somebody on the sabbath, hoping to find something to charge him with.”

Luke 6: 6-11

There is a saying in Trinidad and Tobago – Set like a mapapi. This saying, truly describes the scribes and Pharisees of today’s Gospel (by the way, I actually Googled the word mapapi and there it was – along with its biological name, Mapepire balsain).
Jesus knew they were waiting to catch him doing something wrong, and in true Jesus style he didn’t argue or preach. He asked a question. They were speechless. They wanted to kill him for embarrassing them.
Jesus cured the man on the sabbath. Can you believe this? The Jerusalem Bible said “But they were furious…”
There is a major dilemma here. Do we do good and be hated and persecuted or do we do nothing and be safe and loved?
He knew the consequences but had the strength and integrity to do the right thing, no matter the cost.
My prayer is that I have the courage to be like Jesus. Help me Lord to do what is right no matter what it cost. Amen.

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