Traps – Good News for September 6

6 09 2010

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: My response to reading this passage is always something like: “How can these scribes and Pharisees not understand that the teachings of Jesus? How obvious can it be?” But upon further reflection I also ask myself why is it so hard to love as Jesus does? Am I not just as guilty as the scribes and Pharisees when it comes to setting traps for those who don’t fit within my own rigid parameters? Do I gossip? Do I perpetuate untruths or unfounded stories that cast a negative light on someone? Why is it so easy to be a trapper, but so difficult to be a healer?

Rather than resting on this Labor Day, perhaps I need to pursue the labors of Jesus’ love.