Readings for today & Homily at Praise and Bless
I've been reading in Mark lately. Have you ever been really irritated with someone? So much so that no matter what they do it aggravates you? I can get so mad that even if the person does something good, I find a reason to ignore it or worse assume they had some ill intent in doing it.
Mar 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 Herodi-ans against him, how to destroy him.
In Matthew, more is recorded in the conversation:
Mat 12:11-12 He said to them, "What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath."
When we read it, it seems very ridiculous. Why in the world would they want to leave the poor man with a hand of no use for his labor? Further, it isn't as though Jesus had to do a lot of work on the Sabbath to cure him. Yet I know I can get so aggravated I'd do the same thing. It is so easy to miss the boat entirely when I'm mad! Granted, I usually don't get together with friends afterwards to decide how best to go about getting the offending party killed, but still...