The Catholic Calendar for Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10
A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:
It is nearly unbelievable how hardhearted the Pharisees were. In today's gospel we witness a wonderful miracle where Jesus heals a man who has a withered hand, giving him back full use of his hand to work, enjoy life and praise God. As a result, the Pharisees began plotting to kill Jesus because he had performed this miracle on the Sabbath. For the Pharisees, the day had become more important than the person, for whom the day was created. Yes, the Sabbath was set aside for a day of rest and worship, but what better way to worship the Almighty God then through love and compassion?
I believe we have modern day Pharisees, and they aren't hard to find. As Jesus teaches us, love and compassion are part of our calling and a wonderful way to participate in the worship of our Creator. We are called to always do the right thing, to protect the unborn, the elderly, the poor and the disenfranchised, even in the face of extreme opposition. We should strive to see the imprint of the Lord in every person and not worship the false Gods of the day. Easy? Sometimes not, but that is expected and He remains with us every step of the way.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)