Friday of the 30th week in ordinary time year A

Rom. 9:1-5        Luke 14:1-6

Theme: The mercy of God

In the gospel reading of today from St. Luke, Jesus heals the man suffering from dropsy on the Sabbath, and as usual the Pharisees were not comfortable with his action. He understands them very well, and he presents the questions that affect them directly and silenced all of them. They could not attack him because his question brought out their hypocrisy. In our own time, we are still talking about the same Jesus, who is guided by love and the mercy of God, he has not changed, he is still the same. This awareness brings a very important question to mind for all of us as children of God.

Why don’t you trust God and present that health situation in your life or family to him for healing? Is it that you do not believe that Jesus is still in the business of restoring his people to good health? He has the power to change the narrative of our lives and restore us to good health. What we need is to trust in him and allow him to lead while you follow. Remember that he came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly, so he is ever willing to come to the assistance of all those who come to him seeking his help. Sometimes the challenge we have is that we feel that it is taking too long, and we get impatient with God and begin to get involved in things that may not really help us on the long run.

Jesus makes use of every given opportunity to teach the people that the Sabbath is made for man and not the man for the Sabbath. So, the Sabbath should not stop one from showing love to another person because of the law of the Sabbath. There is no good law that is made to enslave the people, it is rather made for the good of the people. We should always be conscious of this fact in anything that we do in life. The supreme law of love according to Jesus, should guide us in any decision that we make in our lives, if we want to be always on the same page with God. We are all encouraged today to be always mindful of the good of others. May the Lord bless his words in our hearts in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Friday of the 30th week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp