Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (I) (18th January, 2017) on the Gospel

Heb 7:1-3.15-17;
Ps 109:1-4. (R. v. 4);
Mk 3:1-6.
Topic: Before every good work.
In today’s gospel, Jesus met a man with a withered hand in the synagogue. The gospel reads, “They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him.” Jesus called the man out and questioned them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” They were silent. After looking around at them in anger, He cured the man with a withered hand and immediately, the Pharisees went out and conspired with the Herodias against Him.
Jesus faced the people who were looking for what to accuse Him with in today’s gospel. However, He was undaunted and went ahead to do good. Hence, the bible tells us that “he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38).
In like manner, we face various challenges doing every good work. But we are to follow the steps of Jesus and do good always. He admonishes us,
I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who will kill the body, and after that can do nothing more.... fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! (Lk 12:5-6)
We are to follow the example of Jesus Christ and go about doing good always. However, never forget that before every good deed are challenges. We are to face them bravely. The battle is not ours but God’s, cf. 1Sam 17:47; Lk 12:11-12; .
Bible Reading: Lk 12:4-12.
Thought for today: Be brave.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the power to overcome every obstacle that stands on our way – Amen.

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