Doing Good on the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-6)
- Reading I: Colossians 1:24-2:3
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 62
- Gospel Reading: Luke 6:6-11
Christ is Our All
I think those who already participate in the work of the apostles in the work of sustaining and building-up communities of the faith (e.g. basic ecclesial communities) would readily understand the sentiments of Paul. The trust given to him is not just any word, but Christ Himself, who is to be proclaimed to all men, that all men may be presented “perfect in Christ Jesus”. Such a trust, Paul tells us, is worth all the inconvenience, even suffering, in this world.
Healing a Man with a Withered Hand
What is the significance of Jesus’ healing the man with the withered hand? Ambrose, the 4th century bishop of Milan who was instrumental in bringing Augustine of Hippo to the Christian faith, comments on this miracle: "Then you heard the words of the Lord, saying, “Stretch forth your hand.” That is the common and universal remedy. You who think that you have a healthy hand beware lest it is withered by greed or by sacrilege. Hold it out often. Hold it out to the poor person who begs you. Hold it out to help your neighbor, to give protection to a widow, to snatch from harm one whom you see subjected to unjust insult. Hold it out to God for your sins. The hand is stretched forth; then it is healed. Jeroboam’s hand withered when he sacrificed to idols; then it stretched out when he entreated God."
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