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Laity’s Call to Evangelization

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January 20, 2010 Posted by | Evangelization | Leave a comment

Pharisee or Disciple?

Reflection (1/20/10):

In today’s gospel we find Jesus curing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath while the Pharisees probe Jesus with questions to test Him. This passage illustrates the dichotomy of the character and virtues of the Pharisees vs the heart of a true disciple. This passage refers back to the age old concept of letter vs. spirit of the law. As men of God and fathers we can ask ourselves several poignant questions to perform a status check on where our hearts lie. Do we care more about our children’s church attendance record in college or their relationship with Jesus? Do we care more about our children’s career or vocation? Do we care more about the college our children get accepted to or their actual desire to pursue knowledge and Truth? Do we care more about our wives external beauty before her internal beauty of a godly heart? Do we care more about pleasing our wife rather than leading her to Jesus? The answers to these kinds of questions allow us to reflect upon whether we are like the Pharisees or a disciple of Jesus. Is our faith a mere add-on to who we are like being German and Polish? Or is our faith in Jesus the core and center of who we are and everything else emanates from it? Would those that interact with us at home, work, and play view us as Pharisees or disciples? These kinds of questions are critical for us to take an objective view of our live and make sure we are truly striving to do everything for the glory of God and the salvation of souls

Gospel (Mark 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. 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.

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment