Posted by: frburke23 | January 21, 2015

Thought for Wednesday, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

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.
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Isn’t it interesting that the Pharisees were trying to catch Jesus in something so that they could “put him to death”?  Why were they so determined to kill Jesus? 
 
First of all, they were jealous of all the attention that Jesus received.  Have you ever experienced jealousy?  It can tear apart any relationship.  In healthy relationships, people are very happy for another person if they receive an award, get noticed, have success, etc.  However, when we think that life is all about me, then we see everyone else as competition and we try to make ourselves feel better by putting others down. 
 
Am I jealous of anyone? 
Do I have a hard time rejoicing in the success of another person?
 
Secondly, the Pharisees were so set in the law that they could not see that this was their Lord who had come to save them.  Jesus was healing people, performing miracles, loving beyond measure and all that they could see was that He was doing it on the Sabbath.  Sometimes we too get short-sighted about the details, rules and laws and we lose sight of the big picture – God, eternal salvation, love, mercy, service, and compassion.  May we see the Lord working in our lives and may we be His hands and feet and voice to those we meet today.
 
Do I get caught up in rules and regulations and miss seeing the Lord right in front of me?
Do I grow in holiness daily so as to prepare for eternal life?
Or do I store up treasures of this earth?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
 
Here is the Spanish translation:
Marcos 3:1-6
Jesús entró nuevamente en una sinagoga, y había allí un hombre que tenía una mano paralizada.
Los fariseos observaban atentamente a Jesús para ver si lo curaba en sábado, con el fin de acusarlo.
Jesús dijo al hombre de la mano paralizada: “Ven y colócate aquí delante”.
Y les dijo: “¿Está permitido en sábado hacer el bien o el mal, salvar una vida o perderla?”. Pero ellos callaron.
Entonces, dirigiendo sobre ellos una mirada llena de indignación y apenado por la dureza de sus corazones, dijo al hombre: “Extiende tu mano”. El la extendió y su mano quedó curada.
Los fariseos salieron y se confabularon con los herodianos para buscar la forma de acabar con él.

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¿No es interesante que los Fariseos estaban tratando de atrapar a Jesús en algo para “darle muerte”? ¿Porque estaban tan decididos a matar a Jesús?

En primer lugar, estaban celosos de toda la atención que recibía Jesús. ¿Alguna vez has experimentado celos? puede romper cualquier relación. En relaciones saludables, la gente es muy feliz por otra persona si reciben un premio, llaman la atención, tienen éxito, etc. Sin embargo, cuando pensamos que la vida es solo sobre mí, entonces vemos a todos los demás como una competencia y tratamos de hacernos sentir mejor con nosotros mismos poniendo a otros abajo.

¿Estoy celoso de alguien?
¿Tengo dificultad en alegrarme del éxito de otra persona?

En segundo lugar, los fariseos estaban tan aferrados a la ley que no podían ver que se trataba de su Señor que había venido para salvarlos. Jesús estaba curando a la gente, haciendo milagros, amando sin medida y todo lo que podían ver era que lo estaba haciendo en sábado. A veces nosotros también nos quedamos cortos de vista acerca de los detalles, reglas y leyes y perdemos de vista el panorama – Dios, la salvación eterna, el amor, la misericordia, el servicio y la compasión. Que podamos ver al Señor obrando en nuestras vidas y que podamos ser Sus manos y pies y voz con las personas que nos encontremos el día de hoy.

¿Quedo atrapado en las normas y reglamentos y pierdo de vista al Señor justo en frente de mí?
¿Crezco en santidad diariamente con el fin de prepararme para la vida eterna?
¿Almaceno tesoros de esta tierra?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!
Padre Burke
https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Responses

  1. Fr. Burke,
    I very much enjoy your posts and am appreciative of the additional focus and centering they provide. Today’s especially hit home as I am reading a book called “A Portrait of Jesus” and it talks a lot about how the religious leaders of the time were so caught up in the letter of the law that they couldn’t see.

    Again, thank you for providing these.
    Pete


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