Daily Readings & Reflections

October  30  Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

If there’s one thing that really gets Jesus angry, it is hypocrisy, especially amongst those who are in power. In today’s gospel (click here) Jesus is at a dinner party on the Sabbath, thrown by one of the leading Pharisees. A person who is ill is seated nearby.  Jesus sees no purpose in delaying healing the man just because it is the Sabbath, and the Pharisees are offended, Jesus  disgusted with their heartless insistence on observing the minutia of the law, EXCEPT  when it involves their family or property asks them “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”  The Gospel continues: “they were unable to answer his question.” So, do we get concerned about the rules – especially the social rules, and miss opportunities to be like Jesus?

Deacon Tom