Just a note: The reason my posts are late this week is that my computer is ‘in the shop” as they say. I don’t know when I will have it back so this post is coming to you from my office. I will be out of town for the next four days so am hoping to have my computer to take with me. If not, I’ll be back to this on Monday.


This morning’s gospel has Jesus going against tradition once again, testing the laws by “doing the work” of curing someone – the man with the withered hand – on the Sabbath. The Pharisees were watching him closely to see if they could catch him breaking the law but were hard put to say anything when Jesus asked them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save a life rather than to destroy it?”

We need laws for good order, both in society and in our faith communities. We must, however, always be ready to ask ourselves two things: 1. if we are able to assess what we know in our conscience to be correct action, and 2. if we willing to go against convention, and even the law, if we find such action necessary. It’s good to take some time on occasion to review our thoughts and beliefs about this, and to look to Jesus as our model.