Fanning The Flames of Discontent – Good News for September 7

7 09 2009

Luke 6:6-11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him. But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up and stand before us.” And he rose and stood there.

Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?”

Looking around at them all, he then said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so and his hand was restored. But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

The Daily Path: After Mass on Saturday evening a woman from our parish stopped us to say hello as we were leaving the church. After the usual pleasantries she let us know that this was going to be her last time attending Mass at our parish. She blamed our pastor for her departure and alluded to the “millions” of others who were also leaving.

I was deeply saddened to hear this. She didn’t take time to explain why and I didn’t press her. I know that often people place more importance on the earthly shepherd than the one who we are called to follow.

Saturday’s interaction came to mind as I read this morning’s Gospel. You see, I was the man with the withered hand. God used our pastor to heal my heart and strengthen my faith so that I could continue to draw closer. Through His faithful servant, Our Lord has shown me the path that leads home… and many others like me who left the Catholic Church but are returning through this ministry.

Yet, there are detractors. Always detractors who would rather spend time fanning the flames of discontent, rather than helping to stoke the fires of faith in our community.

Room to Chat: Father, continue to shower all your servants with the grace they need to carry on your work and lead us home to You.





One response

8 09 2009
daniel tomlinson

I too was the man with the withered hand, and the Family of God at Woodmont Hills was a catalyst for God’s healing in my life. My depression became worse after we started going to Woodmont Hills, but it never would have healed from the brokenness if we had not made ourselves vulnerable to that loving group of people.

Thank you Kin. You are a dear cyber space friend. Keep writing.

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