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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 2nd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

January 23, 2019

Wednesday of the 2nd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17 ;

Psalm 110:1-4

Gospel MK 3:1-6


Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus 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 the Pharisees, "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, Jesus 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.

 

 Stand Up to Truth and Goodness

 

Demonstrating one more example of his concern for life and its wellbeing, Jesus heals a man on a Sabbath. It is interesting to note that Jesus wanted to use this occasion to teach them the lesson that life has to be valued much more than the man made laws. He asked them if it was lawful to do good or to save or to harm on a Sabbath. Of course his opponents had no answer.


He does not look for time or place for doing good. This is what he wants to teach all of us as well. Often we come up with excuses not to do good. But for Jesus one should not look at even obstructions to do good to others.


Jesus was angry at the resignation of the people. He felt sorry at their stubbornness. This is also our experience. At times we are reluctant to accept the right position just because we happened to side with the opposite view. If we find it difficult to defend our position we resort to silence knowing well that the truth and righteousness are on the other side.


Sometimes it does not stop at it. As the Pharisees in the gospel we also may join evil forces to do away with the goodness and its supporters.


Jesus challenges us to stand up to truth and goodness at its face. If we realize that our position is wrong we should have the humility to accept it and uphold what is true and good.


Jesus continues to challenge and disturb our comfort zones.

 

Fr. Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


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