Daily Reflection for Monday, September 9, 2019
|Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1Colossians 1:24-2:3
Responsorial: Psalm 62:6-7, 9
Gospel: Luke 6:6-11
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
"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?" (Luke 6:9)
The Gospel from Luke today is one I can most certainly relate to. One of my favorite questions growing up was “why?” Honestly, it is still one of my favorite questions.
In this passage, I hear Jesus asking the Pharisees “why?” In this simple, humble, and healing act, Jesus questions the interpretation of the law that the Pharisees were using. It doesn’t appear that He was trying to set up a scene or make one happen, but rather the opposite. The Pharisees were looking very hard to find reasons to question His authenticity.
I hear Jesus simply saying, “Any day is a good day for the work of God.”
Now, flip characters and put yourself in the shoes of the man with the crippled hand. Can you even imagine? There he was praying in the temple and Jesus calls him out? What would you do if Jesus called you out like that? You have a handicap that you would like to be healed. Yet to stand up and be noticed will surely put you in the “troublemaker” category with the local religious authorities. I suspect it was not an easy decision.
How can we use this example in our own lives? Where are we reluctant to take a stand or be noticed for the sake of the greater good and the continuation of the Good News for fear of calling attention to ourselves from the authorities? Not to cause a disruption or break any laws, but simply to be on the radar screen when before we stood in the shadows?
Often doing the right thing comes with this type of challenge. Being a witness to Christ in this day is not always the easy choice and often very counter cultural. Isn’t it reassuring to realize it has always been this way? Doesn’t it also give us hope to keep walking in His steps?
With you in prayer for courage on this life journey to choose Christ.
In Heartfelt Joy,