Lord, I believe in you with a faith that
never seeks to test you. I trust in you, hoping to learn to accept and follow your will, even when
it does not make sense to the way that I see things. May my love for you and those around me be
similar to the love you have shown to me.
Lord, protect me
from spiritual old age.
1. Jesus Is Showing his Messiah Credentials Again:
Jesus opponents were desperate. They
didn't want to believe that he was the Messiah, and they especially didn't want anyone else to think
he was the Messiah. But there was the pesky problem of his miracles. They knew that when God sent
someone to speak for him, he usually performed signs through the person so that people would believe
in him. The sign was proof that the person (Jesus in this case) was sent by God. Jesus was doing
plenty of miracles, which most people were taking as the sign that he was sent by God. What could
Jesus opponents do? They could only try to discredit the miracles any way possible.
2. You Can Do a Lot
More than You Think on the Sabbath:
This miracle was done on the Sabbath. The head of the synagogue had a
problem with that. Didn't God himself rest on the sixth day? Oughtn't we to do the same? How does
this Jesus heal on the Sabbath if he is truly from God? In fact, there were many exceptions to the
rules about the Sabbath. In another place, Jesus himself says that the Sabbath is made for man, not
man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). Certainly, the observance of the Sabbath was always subject to the
practice of charity, that it was always permissible to break the Sabbath rest in the case when
needed to do some necessary act of charity for another. Jesus mentions situations when for practical
reasons (necessary farm chores, like watering animals) work can be done without breaking the Sabbath
3. Lord, Please Let me Keep my Mediocrity:
And so, there is really nothing to the
objection. The head of the synagogue does not want to believe because what Jesus says and does seems
threatening to him. If Jesus is the Messiah, he foresees having to change his life, and he does not
want to do that. He may not even realize that this is his real objection, but it is. We can be this
way, too. We don't want to accept something Jesus teaches us through his Church because it would
mean that we have to change our lives, and we don't want to. We are comfortable the way we are. If
we had to do what Jesus asks, it would take us out of our comfort zone. Sometimes it is mere fear of
something different. Jesus always is offering us something different, but we don't want it. We want
to stay in our rut. We have surrounded ourselves with limited horizons and are afraid to stretch
Conversation with Christ:
Dear Jesus, help me
to accept you fully.
If I am rejecting you or your teaching without realizing it, show
Help me to overcome my attempt to construct my
own little universe in which I am
If I have grown old spiritually, renew my youth
and help me break through my
shrunken horizons that exclude you.
Where in my life have I settled into
spiritual routine and old age? Do I habitually skip some prayer I should be saying, telling myself
it isn't that important? I will make an extra effort to pray it today. Is there some other aspect of
my spiritual or moral life that I have removed to make life more comfortable for me? Time to start
doing it again!