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January 19, 2022

Mk 3: 1-6

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

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.

Giving Our Bodies the Rest We Need

I love knitting. I recently started a new project and I didn’t put it down for hours! My hand ached the next morning! This made things like squeezing something tightly much harder to do. I kept knitting like this for days and each morning my hand would hurt. Eventually, begrudgingly, I took a few days off from knitting, and committed to no more marathon sessions.

Our bodies call out for rest sometimes. How do you respond? Too often I push through because things have to get done, or things will just be faster if I do something and deal with the pain rather than moving slower and taking care of my body.

In what ways is your body asking for healing? How can you be attentive to that in your daily life? How could you use this slowing down of your daily life to be more prayerful?

—Kay Gregg is the Assistant Department Chair for Campus Ministry at Loyola Academy.

Prayer

God,
Thank you for all of the things that my body can do.
Help me to give myself rest when needed.
Give me the grace to grow closer to you in that rest time.
Amen

—Kay Gregg
Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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January 19, 2022

Mk 3: 1-6

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

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.

Giving Our Bodies the Rest We Need

I love knitting. I recently started a new project and I didn’t put it down for hours! My hand ached the next morning! This made things like squeezing something tightly much harder to do. I kept knitting like this for days and each morning my hand would hurt. Eventually, begrudgingly, I took a few days off from knitting, and committed to no more marathon sessions.

Our bodies call out for rest sometimes. How do you respond? Too often I push through because things have to get done, or things will just be faster if I do something and deal with the pain rather than moving slower and taking care of my body.

In what ways is your body asking for healing? How can you be attentive to that in your daily life? How could you use this slowing down of your daily life to be more prayerful?

—Kay Gregg is the Assistant Department Chair for Campus Ministry at Loyola Academy.

Prayer

God,
Thank you for all of the things that my body can do.
Help me to give myself rest when needed.
Give me the grace to grow closer to you in that rest time.
Amen

—Kay Gregg
Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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