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Wednesday 2nd in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 3:1-6): Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

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.