This evening our Bishop Paul Loverde will join with Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran clergy in a joint prayer service for Christian unity. May we join with them in spirit even if we cannot be there at the Lutheran Church tonight.
For the daily Mass goers we heard the Gospel of Mark Chapter 3, verses 1--6.
The scene works out in a synagogue where Jesus is present. It is a sabbath day. A man in the group with a withered hand comes forward expecting a healing. Jesus asked the crowd, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" Then he proceeded to cure the man.
There were some witnesses to this miracle who stopped their ears to what Jesus asked, and saw in him a threat rather than a prophetic healer and Messiah. Mark tells us that Jesus "looked around them with anger, he was grieved at their hardness of heart..."
May my heart be open to the truth and grace of Jesus' word and example today. And may my heart not be hardened toward Jesus who is present in those close to me and those close to you too. Lord, deliver us from harsh and hyper critical judgements of others. Make our hearts meek and humble like your. Amen.