In today’s gospel, we hear for the third time that Jesus goes to dine in the home of one of the Pharisees. And, once again, the controversy of healing people on the sabbath comes up.
The woman had been suffering from her condition for eighteen long years. However, Jesus' opponents demanded that He wait for one more day, after the Sabbath, to cure her. But, considering she had already remained for eighteen years, couldn't Jesus wait for just one more day?
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Today's readings invite us to reflect on the theme of rebuilding and revitalizing the Church. But let us begin by recognizing that each family is, in and of itself, a masterpiece of God and a Domestic Church. Within the walls of our homes, we have the power to renew and strengthen the foundation of the whole Church.
I want to begin by asking: how many of you like change? You might answer, it depends, is it for the good or not? And what will it take? All good questions. As we heard yesterday, there was a radical change from the time Matthew followed Jesus, both literally and in how he lived.
How many times have you said the words, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed?” It’s kind of a trick question because before 2008 and after Vatican II, we used to say, "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed."
Three of the four gospels tell this powerful story about a withered hand. Each makes mention of this miracle, and all three use the same word to describe this man's condition: "withered hand." The term "withered" describes what once held life, but now the life is gone. (Like a flower.) That which was once strong is now fragile and weak. That which was once beautiful is now twisted and deformed.