On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translatiions
Some people seem hell-bent on finding the darkness in every situation. Jesus heals the sick and frees the demon bound – and all that the Pharisees see is wickedness! If they were around today, they’d team up with the folks at a parish I’ve heard about who anonymously leaflet the parking lot during Mass. They’re always sore about something, and they point the finger at everyone but themselves. Those who are obsessed with evil might benefit from a little demon release of their own.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL.
For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, we come to you seeking the healing of our body and soul. Our spirits need renewal; our relationships need strengthening, and our health needs your attention. Lord, we have a sacred lesson to learn from the man with the withered hand. It was his willingness to reach out that opened the possibility of his cure. Lord, please give us the grace to reach out to you, to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, and to receive your healing.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team