WORD of the DAY
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. (Mark 3, 3-4)
How shall I live this Word?
Doing good does not follow a calendar. This is one of the salient facts of this passage. It means that what has moral value must come before what is only ritual; the heart precedes the rubric. Reading and meditating on this Gospel, we are led to express it this way. “Jesus, this is a powerful experience of what we have done with You! We have seen a poor man that had extended to You his withered hand and You restored it to him healthy again. We can imagine that as he left, he must have held Your hand with a strength he had never felt before! But we also saw the hard and malevolent opposition of those who are bound to rites and forget, marginalize, strike at the life given by God”.
Lord, help us to understand that where good and life are at home, we can make adequate choices.
The Voice of Prayer
Lord, Your clear and decisive words are impressed in an indelible way on us. Helping a person is saving that person, and saving a person is the true good God expects from us. Your generous and operative goodness urges us to do what You have done. Give us the grace to rise to these high levels!