23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Before healing a man’s withered hand, Jesus asked the scribes and Pharisees in the synagogue if they thought it lawful to do something good on the Sabbath. After spending a night in prayer, Jesus chose the Twelve to become Apostles. By His actions as much as His words, Jesus helped people get their priorities in line. He didn’t come to condemn the world, after all, but to save it. The poor could look forward to God’s Kingdom. The hungry would have their fill. Weeping would turn to laughter. Anyone hated because of the Lord would receive a heavenly reward. What we do gets noticed in heaven. Using the measure God desires, love and forgiveness outweigh human notions of owing and fairness. When people ask more of us than we want to give, do we stop to consider that every gift we have comes through God’s goodness?