MY daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 3:1-6
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?”
But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out, and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Do we honor the Lord in the way we celebrate Sunday, as the Lord’s Day and in the way we treat our neighbor?
Again, we consider on Jesus’ teaching on the Sabbath. While showing the fallacy of the Pharisees, Jesus pointed to God’s intention for the Sabbath that is to do good and to save life rather than to do evil or to destroy life.
Yesterday, we considered on taking “our Sabbath rest” as a way of expressing honor to God for all that he has done for us. Such “rest” however does not exempt us from our love for our neighbor.
How do we, the Christians, understand the Sabbath? Is it something significant and relevant with us?
As the Christians, we have traditionally celebrated Sunday as the Lord’s Day. On Sunday we commemorate God’s work of redemption in Jesus Christ and the new work of creation he accomplished through Christ’s death and resurrection.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we renew our commitment to truly love Jesus Christ; the Lord above all else. Then we realize that the love of God will overflow to love of neighbor as well. Let’s honor the Lord in the way we celebrate Sunday, the Lord’s Day and in the way we treat our neighbor based on our adoration.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, in your victory over sin and death on the cross and in your resurrection you give us the assurance of sharing in the eternal rest of heaven. Transform our hearts with your love that we may freely serve our neighbors for their good and find joy and refreshment in the celebration of Sunday as the Lord’s Day and also in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, now and forever. Amen.