DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Faith – Do Good: In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenged the authenticity of the legalistic and rigid observances of the Sabbath Laws, by curing the man with the withered hand. He proclaimed that it is essential to “do good and save life”; evil and destruction cannot be God’s Will. Have you experienced this in your faith?
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
On the Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach, and a man was present, and his right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure somebody on the Sabbath, hoping to find something to charge him with. But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and stand out in the middle!’ And he came forward and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, ‘I put it to you: is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it?’ Then he looked round at them all and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were furious and began to discuss the best way of dealing with Jesus.