Most of us try to live good Christian lives. Obviously, there are times when each one of us makes bad decisions, falls into temptation, or misses important things in life. However, we all want to live well, follow the commandments, and practice our faith. But in all of this, Jesus reminds us all the time that for Him, all of the above is useless if we don’t love our neighbor. You see what happens in the Gospel reading today: that poor man with a withered hand needed Jesus to cure him so he could go back to his ordinary life and work and provide for his family. And so, Jesus did cure him. But those who witnessed this accused Him of doing it on a Sabbath day. There is one sentence that caught my attention in this Gospel reading: “Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, stretch out your hand.” Jesus looked with anger and grief at those who don’t care about the well-being of others. We don’t want Jesus to be angry and grieve over us for not loving and carrying for our brothers and sisters.
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