Faith Daily | 6 September 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p579
you know us to be set in the midst
of so many and so great dangers
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 6: 6-11
On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. 7The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. 8Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there. 9Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” 10After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. 11But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Meredith Scott-McMahon
This very moving passage demonstrates Jesus’ compassion, courage, wisdom and power.
Jesus was in a dangerous situation and He knew it. The Pharisees had marked Him as a threat to their power and were out to get Him. But I believe that in having the man with the shrivelled hand stand up before the people present, Jesus chose to try to reach the Pharisees and help them to think beyond their narrow prejudices. He challenged them to look beyond the petty legalism of the day to see the bigger issue, to act with love and compassion for their fellow man.
My mother had a saying ‘None so blind as those who will not see.’ The Pharisees were too bent on the preservation of their own power to see and believe the astounding miracle that was taking place before their very eyes. Were any of them privately shaken enough by this event to think again? Or was the perceived threat to them so great as to outweigh any doubts they may have had?
How does this relate to us in our time? What truths are we avoiding to preserve our own safety, our own position in public or personal issues? Jesus never flinched or retreated from demonstrating the truth. Time and time again he confronted hypocrisy, arrogance, greed and evil in all its forms. His clear-sighted love and compassion, his demonstration of the very nature of God took precedence over his personal safety in every situation.
FINAL PRAYER: – Meredith Scott-McMahon
Lord, help us to see beyond our own prejudices and self-interest to the greater good. Give us courage to be honest with ourselves and to step out when our actions can demonstrate God’s fierce and total love for us and our fellow human beings, even if it seems we can be disadvantaged by taking a stand. Amen.