Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fix It

And he entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they watched him whether he would heal on the sabbath days; that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand: Stand up in the midst. And he saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy? But they held their peace. And looking round about on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of their hearts, he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored unto him. And the Pharisees going out, immediately made a consultation with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Mark 3:1-6 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father one would think that we should not even breath on the sabbath. Jesus brought healing to a day that was made Holy by you. Why did the Pharisees seek to destroy your Son for doing your Will, that was not work he performed but mercy. Sometimes even our hearts are just as hardened as the Pharisees of old. We don't save lives on the sabbath we destroy them. We turn a Holy day for rest into one that mocks you. Behind closed doors we too plot to take you away from the family. We turn people away who need healing in favor of those who have the means to keep our lively hood on the up and up. Can it be said then that we are by far worse off than the Pharisees of old.