A Man with a Withered Hand
The National and International Religion (August 23, 1993) said that according to a poll made in America, eighty eight percent of Catholics and a majority of Presbyterian and Methodist evangelizers or those who actively try to share their faith, believe that “if people are generally good or do enough good things for others during their lives, they will earn a place in heaven.” I myself believe that this is true.
In today’s gospel Jesus enters again into the synagogue to attend the synagogue service during Sabbath and no doubt, to give a homily and to prove that it is lawful to do good on Sabbath day. To confirm this, He performs a miracle of healing the man with a withered hand. The patient’s case is piteous. He had a withered hand by which he is unable to work for his living and he is the most proper object of charity and help. And so let those be helped that cannot help themselves.
But the crowds, including the Pharisees, are very unkind, both to the patient and Jesus. Instead of interceding for this poor guy, they do what they can to hinder his cure. They intimidate Christ that if He will cure him during Sabbath, they will accuse Him as a Sabbath breaker. But their intimidation does not stop Jesus to do good work and to help the man restore to his health.
I read this “12 Rules You Can Live By” from the book of Francis Kong, One Day At A Time (book 3 pp.247-249) which I’m sure can be our guides too in doing good works everyday. He gave some examples also and I will share it with you:
- If you open it…close it. One opens a toothpaste tube but nobody cares to close it.
- If you turn it on…turn it off. One turns on a TV but nobody turns it off, a waste of energy or electricity.
- If you unlock it…lock it. One unlocks a door but forget to lock it again, a temptation of others to do stealing.
- If you move it…put it back. One move a table in order to have a better view of a favorite TV show, but after watching it put the table back to its original position.
- If it belongs to someone else and you want it…get permission. Don’t get anything that does not belong to you until you get a permission to use it.
- If you don’t know how to operate it…leave it alone. So many pieces of office equipments destroyed due to touching it without any knowledge of using it.
- If you borrow it…return it. If you borrow anything, return it because you promise.
- If you use it…take care of it. A good steward knows how to take care things he uses.
- If you break it…repair it. Simple takes care of those things so as not to break them.
- If you can’t fix it…call someone who can. Call an expert or else you destroy it.
- If you mess it up…clean it up. Don’t blame others because problems are not solved in the way you want it.
- If you can brighten someone’s day…say it. Give an honest compliment, it doesn’t cost you anything but it can encourage others to do their best.
Let us live life to the fullest by doing good work and devoting it to Christ, this is what matters most now.