Sunday, September 09, 2012
MONDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MONDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
1 Cor 5:1-8 / Lk 6:6-11
1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-8
You have become news with a case of immorality, and such a case that is not even found among pagans. Yes, one of you has taken as wife his own stepmother. And you feel proud! Should you not be in mourning instead and expel the one who did such a thing. For my part, although I am physically absent, my spirit is with you and, as if present, I have already passed sentence on the man who committed such a sin. Let us meet together, you and my spirit, and in the name of our Lord Jesus and with his power, you shall deliver him to Satan, for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit be saved in the day of Judgment. This is not the time to praise yourselves. Do you not know that a little yeast makes the whole mass of dough rise? Throw out, then, the old yeast and be new dough. If Christ became our Pass over, you should be unleavened bread. Let us celebrate, therefore, the Passover, no longer with old yeast, which is sin and perversity; let us have unleavened bread, that is purity and sincerity.
On another Sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and began teaching. There was a man with a paralyzed right hand, and the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees watched him: Would Jesus heal the man on the Sabbath? If he did, they could accuse him. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to the man, "Get up, and stand in the middle." Then he spoke to them, "I want to ask you: what is allowed by the Law on the Sabbath? To do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?" And Jesus looked around at them all. Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored, becoming as healthy as the other. But they were furious, and began to discuss with one another how they could deal with Jesus.
Disease can quickly spread not only in the body but also in the soul, and not only in individual souls but also in the life of the community. When not treated urgently, sin can mutate into sinful habits within a person and metastasize into a sinful culture within a group. In the first reading, Paul thus urgently counsels the Corinthians to "expel" that member of their community to end his contagious immorality that was affecting the rest. Similarly, he called on everyone to take the "old yeast" of sin that contaminates the dough of their life and replace it with the "new yeast" that produces the bread of sincerity and truth.
In the Gospel, we also find Jesus dealing not only with physical infirmity but also with spiritual affliction. On the one hand, he encounters a man with a withered hand, which would have made life extremely uncomfortable and difficult. But there are also the scribes and Pharisees with their hearts withered by extreme rigidity and lack of compassion. Observe how this spiritual disease takes on a psychological and even an almost physical manifestation. They constantly find fault in others, seeing only what is wrong or ugly around them, and tragically preventing them from seeing all goodness and mercy, already incarnate before their very eyes.
Notice now how Jesus first looks around at them all before he gives the command, `Stretch out your hand.' Although he addressed it to the man directly, somehow this invitation was meant for all of them. Sadly however, only the man actually stretched out his shriveled hand and was cured. The scribes and Pharisees ignore the summons to openness and compassion. Thus, the man with a withered hand leaves the scene healed of his physical affliction while the scribes and Pharisees are not any better but even worse, still stifled by fury and dried up by their vengeful ways.
Let us therefore beg Jesus to heal us and our communities not only of those diseases that consume the body but even more earnestly, of those that eat up the soul. To him be glory forever and ever in those who allow themselves to be touched by his healing word.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Johnny, Fr Larry, Kristen, Jack, Tom, Derek, Tina, Mary Ann M, Cheryl, Delores & Gene L
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
…In Thanksgiving: Charito S. Gonzalez
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Wallace Chamsay
- Birthday: Mario Ponce De Leon
- Birthday: Katherine Jane Dee
- Thanksgiving: Alfredo & Nelia Camay & Family
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Have a good day!
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