Wednesday 18 January 2023

About Today Readings

Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek – Psalm 109(110):1-4. Mark 3:1-6.

The gaze of Jesus

A man stands alone. Some watch on, treating his ailment as sport. Something to use to catch out another whom those gathered wish to trip up. The man alone with his withered hand is not a person to these onlookers. He is a means to an end.

Jesus enters the centre of the scene. Soon he is angry. He is ‘grieved to find them so obstinate’, or ‘grieved by their hardness of heart’. Jesus is welcoming, inclusive, forgiving. Meeting their inflexible unkindness, he is pained.

Those in today’s Gospel who are ‘they’ and ‘them’ are also too often ‘us’ and ‘I’. We might not treat others as means to ends but maybe we don’t hold our gaze on others in the way their dignity deserves. Maybe because of their distance or some characteristic that distinguishes them from us, or me, we look the other way. Jesus offers a different gaze.

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