Posted by: livingscripture | January 22, 2020

Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time
22 January 2020

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. 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.
(Mark 3: 3-5)

How shall I live this Word?

“Is it lawful on Saturday to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill it?” It is precisely of our human nature to need clear rules that regulate our religiosity: this can be done, this no, up to here yes, more no, from here on it is a sin.
What is more important, the norm or the love that dictates the norm? What is the aim, respect for the rules or the heart to love?
How many things this passage of the Gospel teaches us! Are we just because we respect norms and schedules but blind to those who are suffering or in need; present and attentive to celebrations and moments of worship but cutting and malicious in our judgment of others; available for events of faith but not very generous towards those who ask us for something.
So what is lawful and what is not lawful? It is unlawful, indeed it is really forbidden for a Christian not to love!

Help us Lord Jesus to make our choices guided only by love for You and Your brothers and sisters, certain that only in love and with love can everything find meaning and strength..

The voice of Leon Dostoevsky
With love everything is redeemed, everything is saved. Love is a master, but you must know how to conquer it, because it is difficult to deserve. You obtain it at a high price and with great effort for a long time, because you have to love not for an instant, fortuitously, but to the end. Everyone is capable of loving fortuitously, even the wicked.
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