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Gospel Mark 3:1-6 23 January 2019 by Florence D’Costa

Gospel Mark 3:1-6    1 And he entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him whether he would heal on the sabbath days; that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand: Stand up in the midst. 4 And he saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy? But they held their peace. 5 And looking round about on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of their hearts, he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored unto him. 6 And the Pharisees going out, immediately made a consultation with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

My views :
in yesterday’s gospel, we did see that the Pharisees were not pleased with Jesus and his disciples because they picked grain on the Sabbath to eat and Jesus did admonish them by saying that Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath and he also added that he was Lord of the Sabbath.

After saying this he again entered in the synagogue and there was a man who had a withered hand.  Now, Jesus was God and Man and being God, he always felt compassion for man.  When he does notice that something is not right, he would
immediately set out to fix things.  He could not sit back and do nothing, even if he was being watched and knew that he would get into trouble with the Pharisees.   He did see the man with a withered hand and immediately he felt pity and compassion for this human being.  He knew that he simply had to heal this man whether it be the Sabbath or not because he knew that it was the right thing to do and being God, he knew.   Since the Pharisees questioned him earlier regarding picking grain on the Sabbath, Jesus looked at them and asked them if it was lawful to do good on the sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to destroy.  But they did not say anything but Jesus was angry and he was grieved because he could see the blindness of their hearts.  Jesus, being God could see into their hearts and he was greatly distressed and he felt great sorrow.  Pharisees were middle class businessmen and leaders of the synagogue. They were known for their emphasis on personal piety.  Now, being leaders in the synagogue, Jesus expected them to feel pity and compassion for the man with the withered hand but they did not and were following Jesus and waiting for a chance to accuse him.

Jesus knew that he could heal the man’s withered hand and make him whole.  What was the feelings of the man who was healed.  He was first of all shocked that Jesus decided to heal his hand on the Sabbath and yet grateful and joyous.  I am sure words could not describe his joy.  Jesus was bold and courageous and not afraid of man.  His main aim was to do the Will of His Father in heaven. Jesus then asked the man to stretch forth his withered hand and his hand was restored. Jesus gave back to this man – dignity and health so that he could be normal again.

Herodian (in the New Testament) a member of a Jewish sect associated with the Pharisees in opposition to Jesus, and assumed to be supporters of Herod the Great’s dynasty.  So the Pharisees as soon as they saw Jesus healing the man with the withered hand, they went off to meet with the Herodians to plot against Jesus.

Now, we, in this world, who do we choose to be like?   1.  Jesus – full of compassion and mercy   Ready to do good, even though we might get into trouble because of it.   2,  the pharisees who were waiting to accuse Jesus or  3.  like the Herodians full of power, ready to join the Pharisees and do Jesus evil.  or are we like the man with the withered hand in need of healing.  If we are in need of healing, let us go to Jesus Christ and we will be healed.

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January 23, 2019 Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Gospel, Healing, Health, Miracles, Scripture, Will of God, Word of God | Leave a comment