Friday 3 November 2017

About Today Readings

St Martin De Porres. Day of Penance.

Romans 9:1-5. Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20. Luke 14:1-6.

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem — Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20.

‘Is it against the Law to cure on the Sabbath?’

Jesus, once again you are at loggerheads with legalism. This is one of seven incidents in the gospels when you healed a person on the Sabbath.

It is possible that the man with dropsy was planted there in order to trap you. You knew you were under scrutiny. They were spying on you.

Most of us lose our nerve or our temper in such circumstances, but you remained serene. You never gave anybody up as hopeless; you did not refuse even an enemy’s invitation to a meal.

Jesus, help me to realise that normally an enemy cannot be made into a friend if I completely refuse to meet and talk with that person. That only produces an ever-widening gap between us.

Let my concerns reach out to others and their needs as yours did with his sick man.

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