Sunday, September 6, 2015

Doing good or evil on sabbath

Monday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:6-11. 

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. 
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him. 
But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up and stand before us." And he rose and stood there. 
Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?" 
Looking around at them all, he then said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did so and his hand was restored. 
But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. 


Sabbath day is really important to everyone. In fact, no one is allowed to work during the sabbath. In Genesis, it was emphasized that our God takes rest during the seventh day of the creation. That seventh day is called the sabbath. However, Jesus question not only the scribes and the Pharisees. He also question us readers of the bible wether to do good or bad during the sabbath. There are professions in the society that really need to work even during the sabbath such as, those working in the hospitals wherein it really need to cure the sick even during the holy hour. We need to consider this kind of profession to work during the sabbath as their profession involves saving of life and health. Jesus also reminded us in this gospel that we should be careful in whatever we do as there are people that surrounds us like the scribes and the Pharisees. They are there just to find fault against what we are going to do in our everyday life. On the other hand, we should also have to extend a strong faith to Jesus so that we may be like the man with withered hand that is cured by Jesus because of being so faithful.

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