Matthew tells us that Jesus was “famished” after his time in the wilderness. Pain is a hunger that looks not for nourishment, but for numbing. Hunger for repair and restoration motivates us, and living together in chosen family means asking for what we need, with complete and utter honesty. And, offering what we can in the same spirit.
Jesus was angry at the Pharisees for their hardness of heart, and it motivated him to heal the man’s hand. Embracing anger can be hard to do, especially since we are so often coached to avoid it. However, often those who are telling us to avoid anger are only doing