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Mark 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come forward." Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Mark 3:1-6
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    • The Pharisees were clear about the world, their place in it and God's plan for it. The words and actions of Jesus upset their order. I let Jesus show me how I need to loosen up.
    • Stretch out your hand - don't be ashamed of what others judge you negatively by.' It may be in some unwelcome aspect of your life there Jesus wants to bless you first.
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    • I watch Jesus in this scene. What would I have done in regard to the man with the withered hand? Is my heart heartened? Am I rightly angry when people are despised? Do I channel my anger towards healing?
    • The people of power conspired how to destroy you, Jesus. I ask you to be with those who ‘disappear’ because they are a threat to some system of injustice.
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    • This controversy over a man with a withered hand seals Jesus’ fate. For Jesus, religion meant service, doing good, restoring life. This shocks the Pharisees. For them religion meant observance of rules and ritual. In the face of Jesus’ ways, their hearts are rigid and unbending.
    • As I pray this Gospel scene am I aware of my own reactions? How do I respond to the good that others do? Are there times when evil triumphs because of my rigid silence?
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    • Jesus was being watched to see what he might do, yet it did not stop him from doing good, from bringing life. I ask God for the courage I need to do what I know to be the right thing.
    • The anger of Jesus is passion for life. I let myself imagine how Jesus wants to brush away whatever it is that holds me back from living fully as he calls me to life. For my part I ask for the strength I need to stretch out whatever ails me for healing.
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    • Jesus was being watched to see what he might do, yet it did not stop him from doing good, from bringing life. I ask God for the courage I need to do what I know to be the right thing.
    • The anger of Jesus is passion for life. I let myself imagine how Jesus wants to brush away whatever it is that holds me back from living fully as he calls me to life. For my part I ask for the strength I need to stretch out whatever ails me for healing.