Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103115.cfm
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. Then he said to them “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?” But they were unable to answer his question.
Jesus was condemning them for obeying the letter of the law, not the spirit. Jesus tells us we must obey the laws that come from God but we cannot make laws, in God’s name, that hurts others. Do you obey the laws without mercy? Be careful you do not become a Pharisee, use your heart along with your head.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always follow your laws but remember your mercy. Just as you have been merciful to me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.