Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011817.cfm
Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand.They watched Jesus 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 the Pharisees, “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, Jesus 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.
The Pharisees hated what Jesus stood for and everything He did. They were blinded to the good He did because He did not follow what they considered their laws. In His mercy He did what needed to be done, regardless of the day. Jesus kept the sabbath, sacred and holy by showing mercy to the least of His brothers. Do you show mercy? Do you follow God’s laws or man’s?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in your mercy you touched me and healed me, you made me whole. For that I give you all my love, praise and worship, Amen!
You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.