Wednesday, the 2nd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Anthony of Egypt
Readings for today’s Mass
In Jesus’ day, illness or almost anything going wrong was the result of sin - like the man’s paralysis. In his haste to heal, Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” If indeed sin caused the condition, the sin is forgiven, now regain your legs. Since only God can forgive, the Pharisees are gasping in horror and they issue a challenge to Jesus. Jesus was also a very shrewd and clever man and outwitted the leadership in their own game.
Today, Jesus takes a quite different approach with the man with a malformed hand. He uses the law to appeal to their moral sense of good and evil, right and wrong. “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” he boldly asks. The Pharisees are stymied.
Monday we celebrated the legacy Dr. M. L. King, a champion of nonviolent resistance to systemic, social sin. For people of the Gospel, Dr. King’s legacy should sound somewhat familiar. How we name the issues changes over time, but the heart of the struggle is still about making the law serve the people, not the other way around. It is not about the letter of the law so much as it is a matter of justice and the common good. It was unlawful for Jesus to forgive he sins of the crippled man, BUt the common good, what was good for the man right now was at the heart of Jesus' action.