2nd Week of Ordinary Time (23rd January, 2019)
First Reading: Heb 7:1-3, 15-17
Gospel: Mk 3:1-6
We are continuing with the theme of Sabbath today too. Today concretely Jesus deal with the concept of Sabbath and asks the Pharisee, “Is it permitted on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life or to kill? Though one can meditate upon this passage based on the theme of significance of Sabbath, this miracle calls us also to think and reflect on the unending and continuous love of God unhindered by any force or element. I am reminded of a good old advertisement which says, “Sunday ho ya Monday, Roj khao ande”. Similarly, irrespective of hours or day, God’s love is unceasing.
Jesus speaks of this continuous love of God in several passages. He exhorts us never to stop forgiving when Peter asks Him who many times should one forgive his enemy (Mt 18:22). Similarly, he says never stops helping or loving anyone despite any part of hour or time. It becomes very clear then the parable of neighbour seeking bread for another friend at midnight hour (Lk 11:5-8). This parable shows that as the friend would show his favour even if it was at the midnight, we too would receive God’s love that is not restricted by any element or force.
Jesus in today’s Gospel cures a person of withered hand. It does lead to encouragement of Pharisees. It leads them to plot over him to kill him. Jesus was indeed aware of the consequence of healing a person on the Sabbath. But nothing deters him. His priority was to heal and love the man with the withered hand and no other norm or regulation could come in between. He does so even today. Nothing can stop him from loving him. He is unstoppable.
This event calls us for being nonrestrictive by our choices and tasks to love or help someone on the basis of time, day, occasion, situation etc. we place a lot of ifs and buts. However, Jesus is beyond all these. Today we too are called to love and give help without thinking of the consequences that may arise or excuses we ponder in our mind. Let’s love all at all times even in restricted days, or situations. Amen.