To do good on the Sabbath – Manila Bulletin

Another consideration to which the institution of Sabbath rest must yield is the law of charity. Jesus performs a work of mercy not on behalf of his disciples, but on behalf of an unfortunate individual, a man with a stunted hand. The Pharisees admit of exception to the Sabbath rest only in danger of death. The man’s ailment is not a matter of life and/or death. They can say to Jesus and the sick man what the synagogue leader says regarding healing on the Sabbath: “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the Sabbath day” (Lk 13:14). This “win-win” solution is nothing else but hypocrisy, which Jesus condemns. The man does not show empathy for the suffering. What if Jesus is no longer around? For Jesus, performing works of mercy takes precedence over the sacred Sabbath rest. The healing enshrines this teaching, exemplifies Jesus’ ministry of love, and shows further how he, the Son of Man, is Lord of the Sabbath.

First Reading • 1 Cor 5:1-8

Brothers and sisters: It is widely reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of a kind not found even among pagans—a man living with his father’s wife. And you are inflated with pride. Should you not rather have been sorrowful? The one who did this deed should be expelled from your midst. I, for my part, although absent in body but present in spirit, have already, as if present, pronounced judgment on the one who has committed this deed, in the name of our Lord Jesus: when you have gathered together and I am with you in spirit with the power of the Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
Your boasting is not appropriate. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough? Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, in as much as you are unleavened. For our Paschal Lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Source: “365 Days with the Lord 2022,” St. Pauls, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: [email protected]; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.





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