Finding A Withered Hand – Good News for January 21

21 01 2009

Mark 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him.

He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?”

But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

The Daily Path: A bad time to do good? Little chance of that in this day and age. However, the internal Pharisee in all of us will scream out: “It’s an inconvenient time to do good!”

Look down at your own hand or your leg. Imagine that it’s withered. Would now be a convenient time to take action to heal it?

The only “sin” in sharing our love and mercy is if we find it inconvenient to do so. Make time to find your own withered hand in someone else. 

Room to Chat: When the corporate meeting you’re participating in starts to sound like this:  “Blah. Blah. Blah, Blah. Blah.” Take your cue. Refresh the spirit with a silent prayer.