First Reading: Colossians 1:24–2:3
Psalm Response; Ps 62:6-9
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:6-11
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
One is the gift of our life: We choose to let the Lord decide what to do with our illnesses, our crises, and our other painful trials. We use every means that he provides to overcome hardships; meanwhile, we choose to allow our sufferings to unite us to Jesus’ redemptive love on the cross.
The second is the gift of our death: Before we die physically and follow Jesus to heaven, we die to self, we die to our desires and our ideas of how our sufferings should end and how swiftly, and we do this as a sacrifice of love. By letting Jesus lead us, we become channels of His mercy and sometimes even His miraculous intervention. St John Paul II in his apostolic letter, “Salvifici Doloris” (On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering) teach us meaning of suffering for Christ (source: https://gnm.org).
Let’s us put God as our first priority and in the center of our life.
Song: Center of My Life by Paul Inwood
God loves us,
Suhardi, Haryati dan Samuel
sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Rosary, Sydney, Australia