FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
JANUARY 20, 2021
Wednesday – Week Two
WORD of the DAY
Again he entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death. (Mark 3: 1-6)
How shall I live this Word?
Here we are at the fifth dispute between Jesus and the Pharisees. “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or harm, to save a life or kill it?” In the passage preceding this, Jesus explains the meaning of respecting the Sabbath day: that it is at the service of Life and of the brothers and sisters. In these new verses Jesus does not seem to have many words anymore: He is indignant, “… saddened by the hardness of their hearts”. Yes, Jesus looks at us with indignation and sadness every time we do not allow Life to grow, to change, to heal. Jesus looks at us with indignation and sadness every time we leave space and listen to rigidity, to appearance, to observance, making our hearts hard, closed, sterile. Jesus looks at us with indignation and sadness, but immediately after He is ready to tell us: “Hold out your hand!” Jesus Himself stretches out His hand to heal: He puts Life, Humans, and their suffering at the center. So what is more important: to defend just principles or the suffering face of those around us? We would spontaneously say that the important thing is certainly the person; yet how many times in everyday life we lose sight of this priority in order to listen to the rigidity of our heart by observing only the external principles. And Jesus is saddened! But He continues to hold out His hand asking me, you, to let ourselves be healed from our hardness of heart and then act like Him.
Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, forgive my hardness of heart. Give me a heart that listens to Life, able to always choose what is on the side of Life.
The Voice of St. Augustine and Pope Francis
Love and do what you will.
Faith not only looks at Jesus but looks at the point of view of Jesus, with His eyes. It is a participation in His way of looking at things.
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