Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091018.cfm
On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him. But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up and stand before us.” And he rose and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “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?” Looking around at them all, he then said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so and his hand was restored. But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
“The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.” They did not care about His message, all they cared about was catching Him doing something wrong! Jesus did good and they accused Him because they could not see past their own version of the law. So many do that today to Christians, especially Catholics! Because we hold ourselves to a higher standard, people watch to see what we do wrong and they are ready to criticize and accuse. They forget that we are human and fall just as they do. We are not perfect as Jesus was, but we try to carry His message with our lives. What do you see when someone sins? Are you ready to criticize and accuse or do you see a human needing support and forgiveness?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have failed so often. I try to be perfect as you are perfect, but I fall very short. Thank you for being there to forgive me, lift me up and help me to stay on your path, Amen.
Lead me in your justice, Lord.