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Doing Good on the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-6)

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Today’s Readings

  • 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.

More here on Col. 1:24-2:3

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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Luke 6:6-11
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6And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And there was a man, whose right hand was withered.
7And the scribes and Pharisees watched if he would heal on the sabbath; that they might find an accusation against him.
8But he knew their thoughts; and said to the man who had the withered hand: Arise, and stand forth in the midst. And rising he stood forth.
9Then Jesus said to them: I ask you, if it be lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy?
10And looking round about on them all, he said to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored.
11And they were filled with madness; and they talked one with another, what they might do to Jesus.

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