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September 07, 2020

Lk 6: 6-11

On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there. 

Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Moving beyond rash judgments

Do we seek to follow the letter of the law or the spirit of it?

The Sabbath is an important ritual of our faith as we take at least one day of the week to devote to God and to reflect on the true meaning of our existence.  In this passage, Jesus appears to be doing the same, when he sees a person in need of healing and care.  Knowing full well that he is being watched (and judged), Jesus does not hesitate to reach out to the person and heal their right hand.

“But they were filled with fury...”

We are amid an election year accompanied by the predictable polemics of divisive rhetoric, culture clashes, righteous indignation, and so on, where the temptation of harsh self-righteous judgement is rampant.  Formulating and sharing one’s opinions is important as is having prudent judgement.  We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the freedom to express our opinions.  Where, though, do my judgements become enraged and lead me astray? When do some of my judgements prevent me from reaching out in compassion and reconciliation to those in need?  When does the “cause” unfortunately take priority over the person?

Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

 

Prayer

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes;
to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times;
to relish the things that are yours and communicate them to others.
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.
Amen.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


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September 07, 2020

Lk 6: 6-11

On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there. 

Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Moving beyond rash judgments

Do we seek to follow the letter of the law or the spirit of it?

The Sabbath is an important ritual of our faith as we take at least one day of the week to devote to God and to reflect on the true meaning of our existence.  In this passage, Jesus appears to be doing the same, when he sees a person in need of healing and care.  Knowing full well that he is being watched (and judged), Jesus does not hesitate to reach out to the person and heal their right hand.

“But they were filled with fury...”

We are amid an election year accompanied by the predictable polemics of divisive rhetoric, culture clashes, righteous indignation, and so on, where the temptation of harsh self-righteous judgement is rampant.  Formulating and sharing one’s opinions is important as is having prudent judgement.  We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the freedom to express our opinions.  Where, though, do my judgements become enraged and lead me astray? When do some of my judgements prevent me from reaching out in compassion and reconciliation to those in need?  When does the “cause” unfortunately take priority over the person?

Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

 

Prayer

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes;
to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times;
to relish the things that are yours and communicate them to others.
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.
Amen.

—Pedro Arrupe, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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