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Luke 6:6-11

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On another sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come and stand here." He got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?" After looking around at all of them, he said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Luke 6:6-11
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    • Isn’t it intriguing that the authorities expected Jesus to perform the miracle, but they had no interest in the compassion that absorbed him, which outweighed all ritual? He was upset that their religious practice was so empty of heart. ‘If I am without love, I am nothing’.
    • Lord, put heart and forgiveness and mercy into every prayer I utter. Take every last vestige of self-pity out of my concerns. Draw me more and more towards compassionate action for the weak and the suffering.
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    • Jesus, you lived under the suspicious gaze of the Pharisees. Yet your passionate conviction is that divine power must be used to liberate people from life’s oppression. Your action is immediate and effective. The empowerment of another human being and the restoration of his dignity are core to your gospel message.
    • Lord, our Church suffers today from those who use their position and power to dominate others. Reveal to me the ways you call me to stretch out my hand to empower those around me.
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    • The Pharisees watch, alert to any transgression. Jesus looks around and recognises where there is a need. As I perceive the world around me, I pray that I may be blessed to see as Jesus does and to respond bringing life.
    • As I am here in prayer, I am asked to stretch out my hand in confidence and hope, trusting that I will be healed and blessed.
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    • As I read this drama, Lord, two emotions are stirring: the Pharisees show an angry zeal for the Sabbath law; you feel compassion for a crippled man. I marvel at the courage and freedom with which you confront your critics. You are on the side of health and compassion. The withered hand is as unfeeling as the Pharisaic attitude to the Sabbath. You soften its rigidity and let the blood flow again.
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    • As I read this drama, Lord, two emotions are stirring: the Pharisees show an angry zeal for the Sabbath law; you feel compassion for a crippled man. I marvel at the courage and freedom with which you confront your critics. You are on the side of health and compassion. The withered hand is as unfeeling as the Pharisaic attitude to the Sabbath. You soften its rigidity and let the blood flow again.