Monday 10 September 2018

About Today Readings

1 Corinthians 5:1-8. Psalm 5:57, 12. Luke 6:6-11.

Lead me in your justice, Lord—Psalm 5:57, 12. Luke 6:6-11.

Healing on the Sabbath.

Jesus demonstrates more clearly than ever in this Gospel that love is more important than tradition, rules and regulations. He heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, and attracts the ire of the scribes and Pharisees.

The lesson is a poignant one for us, even today. How much do we allow our traditions and rules to stop us from loving?

I remember several years ago visiting two families, both refugee families. As they invited me to stay longer and kept pouring cups of tea, I was anxious, worried that I would miss Mass that evening.

In the end, the only Mass available to me was a 9pm charismatic service in the city. And it was a gift. I learned so much from this.

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