Posted by: frburke23 | January 17, 2017

Thought for Wednesday, 2nd Week of Ordinary Time (January 18, 2017)

Thought for Wednesday, 2nd Week of Ordinary Time (January 18, 2017)
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.
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 take 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.
Que interesante es, que los Fariseos trataban de atrapar a Jesús de cualquier manera para “acabar con El” Porque estaban tan puestos en matar a Jesús.
Primeramente, lo fariseos estaban celosos de toda la atención que recibía Jesús. ¿Alguna vez as sentido celos? El celo puede romper cualquier relación. En relaciones saludables, las personas están contentas, unas para las otras, si reciben un premio, les llaman la atención, tienen éxito, etc. Sin embargo, cuando pensamos que la vida solo se trata de mi, entonces miramos todo lo demás como una competencia y tratamos de sacarlos del fuego, cueste lo que cueste.
Sin embargo, cuando pensamos que la vida solo se trata de mi, entonces miramos a todos los demás como la competencia y los tratamos de hacer a un lado, a como de lugar.
¿Hay alguien en mi vida la cual yo envidio?
¿Paso mal rato con la alegría y buena fortuna de los demás?
Los fariseos estaban tan aferrados en la ley que no podían mirar que El era el Señor, que había venido para salvarlos. Jesús estaba curando a la gente, haciendo milagros, amando sin fronteras y todo lo que podían mirar era que lo estaba haciendo en sábado. Abecés no miramos mas aya de los detalles, reglas y leyes y perdemos de vista lo importante- salvación, Dios, amor, servicio, compasión. Veamos El Señor, trabajando en nuestras vidas y que seamos Sus manos y Sus pies y su voz con las personas que nos encontremos el día de hoy.
¿Me enfoco más en las reglas y regulaciones y pierdo de vista al Señor que esta de frente conmigo?
Dios mediante,
Padre Burke


  1. After reading an article in the Chicago Tribune this morning (which I take with a grain of salt), I do not think this reading and reflection are some sort of coincidence. The Trib article appears to be about no more than an ego squabble between an outgoing pastor and a more popular retired parish priest. If this is the case, shame on them for not being able to work out their relationship privately. Recently, it is rumored (I cannot confirm) that a much loved and popular retired priest at my parish is stepping away from his ministry. If this has anything to do with him stepping away from his ministry, which I know he loves more than life itself, this is really a shame. I have always told my religious Ed students to tell the truth, seek the truth and live the truth. The truth is so hard to find sometimes outside of the word of God. I know I should not prejudge or judge, but instead pray, forgive and seek no retribution. I just want the truth and I am frustrated. I want to fight for Christ’s Church when I see things that are destructive to it.

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