2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Pharisees and others clung to rigid observances, hoping that they could earn salvation. They challenged Jesus, asking why His disciples didn’t fast or why they unlawfully picked heads of grain to eat while walking along on the Sabbath. Noticing a man with a withered hand in the synagogue, the Lord saw no reason to wait until after the Sabbath to heal him. Jesus asked the Pharisees, but they refused to give their opinion. While Pharisees and Herodians then used the healing that day to plot against Jesus, throngs of others placed their hope in Him. When we take the opportunity to do good deeds, do we want the Lord to keep score or accept that His love and mercy have won salvation?