Archive for September 9, 2019

Everyday is an oppoturnity to love, to give thanks and glory to God by loving others with the same love He first loved us. So how can we ask when is it a good time or place to do so? Only when it is convenient to do so? After all our Lord’s commandment was to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love one another as He had loved us.

Was the man’s condition in today’s Gospel dire? Was it life threathening? Could he not work to provide for himself with his other hand and feet? Was his withered hand the cause of any other ailments? If we are asking all these questions then we are missing the point completely! The Lord had told us ”It is love that I seek, and not sacrifice.” Hos 6:6 and again Matthew 9:13 ”Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’’ We are called to love beyond boundaries, to love without question.

In order to understand more deeply this call to love, we must look to the mystery of our Lord’s great love for us revealed through His life, death and resurrection. His love for ALL mankind not a select race or few. His desire that we have life and have it to the full. His hope that by our response to His Will for us we will share eternity with Him in His Heavenly Kingdom. It is our responsibility therefore to learn, teach, train and lead one another into the reality of life eternal with Him. Amen

First reading

Colossians 1:24-2:3 ·
God’s message was a mystery hidden for generations

It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church. I became the servant of the Church when God made me responsible for delivering God’s message to you, the message which was a mystery hidden for generations and centuries and has now been revealed to his saints. It was God’s purpose to reveal it to them and to show all the rich glory of this mystery to pagans. The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory: this is the Christ we proclaim, this is the wisdom in which we thoroughly train everyone and instruct everyone, to make them all perfect in Christ. It is for this I struggle wearily on, helped only by his power driving me irresistibly.
Yes, I want you to know that I do have to struggle hard for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for so many others who have never seen me face to face. It is all to bind you together in love and to stir your minds, so that your understanding may come to full development, until you really know God’s secret in which all the jewels of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.


Luke 6:6-11
Is it against the law on the sabbath to save life?

On the sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure a man on the sabbath, hoping to find something to use against him. But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up! Come out into the middle.’ And he came out and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, ‘I put it to you: is it against the law on the sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it?’ Then he looked round at them all and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was better. But they were furious, and began to discuss the best way of dealing with Jesus.