READING OF THE DAY
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
1 COR 5:1-8
Brothers and sisters:
It is widely reported that there is immorality among you,
and immorality of a kind not found even among pagans–
a man living with his father’s wife.
And you are inflated with pride.
Should you not rather have been sorrowful?
The one who did this deed should be expelled from your midst.
I, for my part, although absent in body but present in spirit,
have already, as if present,
pronounced judgment on the one who has committed this deed,
in the name of our Lord Jesus:
when you have gathered together and I am with you in spirit
with the power of the Lord Jesus,
you are to deliver this man to Satan
for the destruction of his flesh,
so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
Your boasting is not appropriate.
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.
For our Paschal Lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Luke
On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
Monday of 23th Week in Ordinary Time
GOD’S WORD FOR US
Dear People of God,
The Word of God in today’s Gospel teaches people to have love for their fellow men. Do not cause division, jealousy, and hatred between people because these things do not come from God but from Satan. God does not want man to fall into the traps of Satan. In fact, their snares will lead man to eternal death and separation from God.
From the very beginning, God created man in His own image, that is, He gives man a heart that is capable to love his neighbor. But today, people are becoming more and more distant from faith, away from God, so human life is full of hatred, jealousy, and violent toward each other even kill them. That is why the Word of God is always reminded in the heart of each person to live and follow God’s commandments, that is: to love your neighbor as yourself.
The image of Jesus healing a paralyzed man in the synagogue on the Sabbath day shows that He is a God of Love. He has come to heal people from diseases of the soul as well as the bodies. God always places love above all laws, always shows His immense mercy to everyone. Thereby, He teaches people to also love others as themselves, not because of the law that let their brothers and sisters live in suffering, in the pain of illness. Do not harm the souls of your brothers or sisters base on the law. This hurts God very much.
The Word of God today invites each of us to observe His teachings:
- Do not live like the hypocirtical Pharisees, but rather, live from the heart. We must have compassion for your brothers and sisters.
- Must become true disciples of Jesus Christ, always listen to and follow the invitation of the Lord, that is to practice charity, love, compassion and help all brothers and sisters who are being imprisoned, harassed by Satan, are suffering in spirit as well as in body.
- To become like little, lowly people to serve their brothers and sisters with the self-sacrificing love of Christ.
- Look at the image of a loving God crucified, dying for the sins of ourselves and all of humanity, so that each person can resolve to give up the world’s greed, hatred, and delusion. Only by this way, can we ưholeheartedly carry out the commandment of God’s love in all things.
Thanks be to God. Amen.