HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: Still on the Sabbath Law!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5 2022
I Cor.5:1-8; Luke 6:6-11
As far as helping people was concerned, Jesus was ready to break the Sabbath Law as often as possible. To heal meant working on the Sabbath; so Jesus clearly broke the law by healing the man with a withered right hand. However, the question that he throws to the Scribes and Pharisees is quite instructive, “is it against the law on the Sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it?” Here, Jesus clearly shows that the Scribes and Pharisees were the guilty party, since they were the ones who harboured evil thoughts on the Sabbath.
Friends, we also learn something from the man with a withered hand today. He had courage. He didn’t refuse when he was asked to come to the middle, and he certainly made an effort to ‘stretch out’ his hand, even when he knew it was withered. Because he made a move in faith, his hand received strength by God’s power. In our blind attachment to rituals, we sometimes become worse than the Scribes and Pharisees, lacking all human compassion. But like Jesus, may we learn to be defiant for the right reasons, and like the man who was healed today, may we realise that faith makes the impossible, possible.
Good morning dear. God bless your week ahead.