Posted by: livingscripture | January 20, 2016

Second Wednesday in Ordinary Time

 

 

From the Word of the Day

Again he entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him.  He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.”  Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent.  Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.  The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.      (Mark 3: 3-6)

How should we live this Word t_Jesus_the_Teacher002

“Stretch out your hand”.  Jesus asks this gesture of the man who had a withered hand.  All attention is on the action of the Teacher: He heals the hand closed in possessiveness and withered in death so that it can receive the gift of the Sabbath.

This miracle is most difficult for Jesus because it will cost Him His life.  It completes His revelation.  He who wants to cleanse us of leprosy is the Son of Man who forgives and gives us the will to follow Him.  He eats with sinners and proclaims Himself doctor and spouse.  He gives the gift of the Sabbath and heals the hand of the man so that he may receive it.  He is the one who will end up on the cross, bearing upon Himself our leprosy, our sin, our paralysis, our fast, our silence, and our hardness of heart.

As appreciation for what He gives us, He asks only our desire that makes us stretch out our hand.  Then, His hands nailed to the cross will free our withered hand closed to the needs of our sisters and brothers.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will beg Jesus to open me totally to Him and to love Him and my sisters and brothers without measure.

Lord, my hands are empty.  Fill them with Yourself. 

The Voice of Silvano Fausti 

Disciples are those for whom the Lord opens their heart and hand, to desire what He has come to give.  We are made for love and desire is in our nature.  To take away our desire is to take a wing from a bird.  Instead of taking flight, it turns repeatedly on itself.

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