FRIDAY 29th OCTOBER 2021
Luke 14, 1-6:
“There stood there before Jesus a man sick with dropsy, and he took up the word, and said to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbaths, or not? They were silent. Jesus touched the sick man and cured him and sent him away”.
How many times during his life Jesus clashed with the Pharisees over the question of the Sabbath.
The day that had been instituted to remember and give thanks for God’s great gifts to Israel and to all mankind had become a heavy burden difficult and uncomfortable to bear.
It was more important to keep the Sabbath precept than to restore a person to health and dignity.
The law was being adulterated and Jesus re-interprets it in its essentials. He constantly reminds us that love of God and neighbour is the summary of all the commandments.
As followers of Jesus we are always called to be sowers of hope and illusions.
We are called to always care for people and to heal wounds even on the “Sabbath”.
May we never stop doing good with the excuse of “arriving early to the temple”.
Antonio Sanjuán Marín, cmf