September 5, 2022 –
Monday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
Jesus in today’s Gospel passage (and on many other occasions during His earthly life, leading to the Cross) faced those who had turned the meaning of religion inside out. Jesus in this passage heals the man with the withered hand, and the response of the scribes and Pharisees is to become enraged: they discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
In this we see a similarity between Jesus’ day, and our day: a similarity between the world of Jesus, and the world in which we live. The world in which we live today may be much larger than Jesus’ world: there may be more countries, and more peoples who have to speak with each other, and work to get along. Likewise, the Church today extends throughout the world instead of consisting of a small band of disciples.
Yet there are today people, just as in Jesus’ day, who return evil for good: whose actions make no sense. Whether we reflect upon the example of the scribes and Pharisees in today’s Gospel passage, or Pontius Pilate, or Judas Iscariot, the question we have to ask is: how did Jesus respond to those who hated Him, and nailed Him to the Cross? Can we be like our Lord Jesus, even in a situation like this?