Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday - 7:00
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Cyprian
Readings for today’s Mass
Because he is talking to the Scribes and the Pharisees, the legal scholars, Jesus asks a legal question: Is it lawful to do good rather than evil? Presumably, the Scribes and the Pharisees would agree that it is lawful to do good and not evil. Their answer will be the lead in to the next question which is a moral question. If it is lawful to do good, then is it good or evil to heal a man's affliction on the Sabbath (which is illegal)?
Have you ever had to wrestle with something like this where the moral ramifications of an issue may be at odds with the legal implications? It happens all the time in our society. Do you ever take a stand in such situations? Consider these examples: the civil rights movement of the 60's; Roe V Wade of the 70's; gay marriage; Black Lives Matter; universal health care; DACA. To some degree, each of these puts a perceived moral good or evil at odds with the law.
Jesus often had strong reactions to Sabbath laws that got in the way of goodness. It was illegal to work on the Sabbath. Performing a cure was doing work and therefore illegal. Performing a cure was a good thing for the infirmed but was illegal. What do you do?
Good/bad, right/wrong, legal/ethical. These generate many questions and heated debates. What values come into play when you struggle with the issues of the day. Have you ever had to choose between a moral good and a legal injustice? What were the factors that guided your actions? Or do you prefer not to act?