FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER
Luke 14, 1-6:
“There was a man there before Jesus who was sick with dropsy; and he spoke to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, saying, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not? They were silent. Jesus touched the sick man, healed him and sent him away.”
How many times in his life did Jesus clash with the Pharisees over the question of the Sabbath?
The day that had been instituted to remember and to thank God’s great gifts to Israel and to all humanity, had become a difficult and uncomfortable burden to bear.
It was more important to keep the precept of the Sabbath than to restore a person to health and dignity.
The law was being adulterated, and Jesus was reinterpreting 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 dreams.
We are called to always take care of people and to heal wounds, even on “the Sabbath”.
May we never stop doing good with the excuse of “getting to church early”.
Antonio Maria Sanjuan Marin, cmf