May 13 / Proverbs 13 / Mark 15

Jesus or Barrabas

Mark 15:6-11

Release Barabbas or Jesus?

Everyday, every interaction, we have the choice to release Barabbas or Jesus. We can unleash upon the world murder or healing. We know that our action and also our words can kill or comfort.

Sometimes the comfort that is needed is simply our silence.

Sometimes people just need you to be with them in their pain.

More and more as I meditate and read, I am realizing the reality that we release what is within us everyday rather than conjure up something from the outside. Barabbas is in there, we know, but the kingdom of God is within you as well as Jesus said.

Perhaps this can be a helpful way of grasping life.

Perhaps this could be your anagnorisis.

Are you going to release Barabbas or Jesus today?

Life spiritually it has been said is not about attaining but obtaining. Obtaining what is already there, not conjuring something up. We release what is within us, it’s just that we allow obstacles to block the release of the Spirit. Because of false narratives we’ve grown up with and calluses,  we are not nearly all we could be for ourselves and the world. Our true self is imprisoned and unseen. As we heal, we can help others to see the precious jewel at their core, that is at the core of every person.

Are you going to release Barabbas or Jesus today?

This is what I will ask myself today when defensiveness wells up, or when I hear something I don’t like. Will I respond with healing or destruction?

Am I going to release Barabbas or Jesus on them today?

Releasing one imprisons the other.

Who are you going to release today?

Barabbas

or

Jesus

?

Proverbs 13:3

Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives, but whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined.

Let your words be few and full and well thought out.

Pause before you answer. It’s OK, you don’t have to respond immediately to everything.

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