Serving the Word: Mk 3: 1-6


Mark 3, 1-6:
“Jesus entered the synagogue again, and there was a man there whose hand was paralyzed… Jesus said to him, “Get up and stand in the middle… put out your hand”… he put it out and his hand was restored.

Once again we witness another act of Jesus in which he restores the lost dignity of a man who, because of his handicap, would have to beg for food.
And Jesus does this in a sacred place: the synagogue. And at a sacred time: the Sabbath.
This indicates that what is really sacred to Jesus is the human person.
And he says to the man: “Get up!” Which is the same as saying, “Rise!” Because God does not accept anything that can mortify or degrade man, enslave him or annul him.
God wants for man dignity, love, attention, hope, joy, health…
Think today of those facets of your life that may be somewhat atrophied and put them in the presence of Jesus.
He also says to you: “Rise!”, “Rise!”.
And also today you can meet people who have atrophied their hope, their joy, their capacity to love or their capacity to forgive.
Tell them with your deeds what Jesus said to the one who had the paralysis: “Get up… stand in the middle… stretch out your hand!”.
Good day.

Antonio Maria Sanjuan Marin, cmf

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