THEME: CARE AND CONCERN
The greatest gift one can give is not material per se but one’s care and concern for the other. Care and concern flow from a heart of love into expression through physical gestures. This is clearly demonstrated in the text of the first reading.
The beginning of the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians is so instructive. It reflects the concern and love every Bishop and priest of the Church ought to have for God’s people. This responsibility of love and concern does not end with Priests, it comes down to the parents and children in the family, teachers and leaders, and in fact, everyone who has the responsibility of caring for others.
In the Gospel text of today, Jesus asked the lawyer and the Pharisees a question which all of us must ask ourselves. It’s a question about healing on the Sabbath which he accompanied with a healing miracle. This healing miracle demonstrates God’s fatherly care and concern for his suffering children. And this is exactly the kind of care that he desires should characterize all Christians.
The world of today is broken. Families are broken. Children are broken. Communities are broken. Institutions are broken. There’s so much pains and sorrows everywhere. And yet people who are Christians find themselves in positions where they can do something towards bettering these hopeless and pitiful conditions of others but turn a deaf ear either for fear of the powers that be or for some selfish gains. Many hide under the umbrella of the law and party to commit all sorts of atrocities, others do say word. The venerable Fulton J. When once said: Evil thrive in the world not because there are no good men but because, while the bad are full of passionate intensity the good lack the fire of conviction. Refusal to take a stand on grave matters of concern is itself silent assent to evil.
Jesus invites us today to stop being indifferent and join him in healing our world of hatred, pain, neglect, indifference, slander and disunity.
GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEEKEND!