I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, January 20, 2014

My Reflection for Wednesday January 22 Second Week in Ordinary Time, Mark 3:1-6

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Gospel: Mark 3:1-6
Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.
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My Reflection:
Jesus had two choices when He saw a man with a withered hand in the synagogue. The first choice was to simply ignore the sick man because it was the Sabbath day. The other choice was to cure the man and in the process ignore the Sabbath day.

Jesus chose to heal the man and disregarded the Sabbath day. For Jesus it’s the welfare of the sickman first before the observance of the Sabbath law. In that instance Jesus chose to give priority to His mission rather than observe law.

As we continue to journey in this world, we too will be facing choices in our lives. Perhaps choices between good vs. evil, choices between faithfulness to the vows of marriage vs.  the fleeting temptation of the flesh. And there shall be more choices, let us always ensure that what we choose is always what is moral and right.

When we always choose what is moral and right, we are on the safe side of Jesus. However, if we choose what is immoral and wrong we are on the side of the evil one. But why is it that we still choose to embrace immorality and wrongdoings? Because we allow ourselves to be deceived by the attractive enticement of the evil one.

Let us never gamble with our choices in life, let us at all times choose to be on the right side of Jesus. - Marino J. Dasmarinas1

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