20 January 2016
At that time: Again Jesus 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.
He grieved at their hardness of heart. What does Jesus see as he looks at us today? Does he smile or is he sad? In our thoughts, words and actions do we bring life or destruction to others? Have we hardened our hearts? Maybe we could use the motto for the Year of Mercy as our prayer for today: “Merciful like the Father”