Sabbath Mark 2:23-3:6

On presidents day Jesus was walking
through Washington
and as they made their way,
the teenagers lay down to rest
in front of the White House for three minutes
the same time it took a shooter
to kill seventeen in a Florida high school
with an assault rifle.

Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made
for humankind,
not humankind for the sabbath …”

Actually only Mark remembers
that line. And then Jesus looked at his
teenagers – so proud
that they knew how to find the meaning
under all the covering-up
of lawgivers who are food withholders,
healing withholders,
and most of all death-dealers.

and Jesus said, “On any day …
on any day is it lawful to do good or do harm,
to save life or to kill?”

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