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

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Reflection for Monday September 5, Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 6:6-11

Gospel: Luke 6:6-11
On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, 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.
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Do you have the guts to defy someone so that you could do something positive to your fellowmen?

Jesus cured the man with a withered hand notwithstanding the presence of the Pharisees and the scribes who were keenly watching Him. Jesus defied the Pharisees and scribes who were strictly observing the Sabbath law.

Jesus put more importance on the need to help the sick man rather than be afraid. What an unquestionable courage. Let us say that there shall come a time that we will also be in the same situation with Jesus. What shall we do then?

Would we simply forgo helping those who are in need because we are afraid that we might offend someone who is very influential? Or we will be like Jesus who courageously faced the very powerful Pharisees and scribes.

The best path to take is to be courageous like Jesus, to help those who are in need no matter the threat against us. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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