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Wednesday 2nd in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 3,1-6): Again Jesus entered the synagogue. A man who had a paralyzed hand was there and some people watched Jesus: Would he heal the man on the sabbath? If he did they could accuse him. Again Jesus entered the synagogue. A man who had a paralyzed hand was there and some people watched Jesus: Would he heal the man on the sabbath? If he did they could accuse him. Jesus said to the man with the paralyzed hand, «Stand here in the center». Then he asked them, «What does the Law allow us to do on the sabbath? To do good or to do harm? To save life or to kill?». But they were silent. Then Jesus looked around at them with anger and deep sadness because they had closed their minds. And he said to the man, «Stretch out your hand». He stretched it out and his hand was healed. But as soon as the Pharisees left, they met with Herod's supporters, looking for a way to destroy Jesus.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we feel hurt at the malice of those Pharisees: they adapted religion to their particular opinions, instead of asking themselves what does that God wants. Their hearts did not rejoice with Jesus’ miracle: He cured a man with a paralysed hand. But as he did on Saturday, they became angry.

— Does it not look ridiculous to you? The worship of God is genuine if it drives me to love my Neighbour.

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