JESUS CURES A MAN WITH DROPSY ON SABBATH (Lk 14:1–6).
Jesus cures a man with a dropsy on Sabbath
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.
Gospel Commentary from the Navarre Bible, Commentary of the Gospel of St. Luke (with permission)
- 1-6 Fanaticism is always evil.
- It often causes blindness and leads a person, as in this case, to deny the principles of justice and charity and even basic humanitarianism.
- We should never be fanatical about anything — no matter how sacred it is.
At the sight of the sick man who stands before him, Jesus is filled with compassion and heals the man even though He knows that he will be criticised for curing on the Sabbath. Nevertheless, Jesus pays no heed to human respect, does not act worried as to what others will say.
The Lord shows his critics that mercy should be exercised even on the Sabbath and provides an example based the common sense: ‘Which of you, having an ass or an ox that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day? And they could not reply to this.
We will find obstacles to our faith in the environment around us, such as envy, prejudice and misunderstandings due to ignorance. May our response be the same as that of Jesus: to do what is good and just, being consistent with our faith. without fearing what others mught say, nor giving into shame and human respects. We will surely make our Lord happy with this attitude of fidelity.
Stay safe and a blessed day ahead to you and your loved ones. Fr. Rolly Arjonillo
VIDEO COMMENTARY ON TODAY’S FIRST READING (Year II)
Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the Gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
TOPIC: Are you a joyful person?
In today’s first reading (Philippians 1:1-11), St. Paul writes to the first Christian community he founded in Europe around 50AD. He wrote this letter, possibly the most attractive of all his letters, while he was in prison 6 years later. It is filled with a spirit of joy.
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