Twenty-Third 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. The Lord answered His own question by working the miracle. They responded by angrily discussing what to do about Him. After spending a night in prayer, Jesus chose the Twelve to become Apostles. Using the measure God desires, love and forgiveness outweigh human notions of owing and fairness. We can choose to act with compassion, kindness, and gentleness. The way we want others to treat us serves as a gauge. When we act on Jesus’ words, we build on a solid foundation. If people ask more of us than we want to give, do we consider the scale of God’s generosity in providing all that we need?