El Shaddai DWXI Prayer Partners Fellowship International
Daily Gospel Reading - January 20, 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Mark 3:1-6

A Man with a Withered Hand

1[Jesus] entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. 3He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” 4Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. 5Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

Grieved at their Hardness of Heart

The Pharisees watch Jesus closely, ready to accuse him if he cures on a Sabbath. Jesus, in turn, accuses them of “hardness of heart” (Greek porosis tes kardias). Hardness of heart implies rebellion against the Lord, an unwillingness to listen to and be led by him. Alluding to the desert incidents when the Israelites quarreled with God and put him to the test, the psalmist wishes for an obedient heart: “O, that today you would hear his voice; do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert” (Ps 95:7-8). Elsewhere, Jesus declares that Moses permitted divorce and the writing of a bill of divorce in Israel “because of the hardness of your hearts” (Mk 10:5), which alludes to the people’s incapacity to live up to the will of God regarding the union of man and woman.


Here the Pharisees harden their hearts and close their minds against Jesus. They see Jesus as totally undermining their interpretation of the Law, their piety, and their actions. For them, Jesus breaks the tradition and confronts the authority. They do not rejoice that a man is delivered from a state of distress because it is done on a Sabbath. Ironically, they, the guardians of the Sabbath, determine to do harm and to kill—to let the man with a withered hand continue to suffer and to put Jesus to death. They reject life and redemption. This is the bitter fruit of that hardness of heart which provokes in Jesus both anger and godly sorrow.

 
Daily Gospel Reading - January 19, 2010 PDF Print E-mail

Mark 2:23-28

 

The Disciples and the Sabbath

23As [Jesus] was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. 24At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” 25He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? 26How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” 27Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. 28That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Unlawful on the Sabbath

The Hebrew sabbat is connected with the root “SBT” which means to cease or to rest. Among ancient Mediterranean peoples, there was a day different from the rest of the days because it was special to the divinities. People ceased their normal activities on this “taboo” day. But in Israel, God’s rest after creation is the theological basis for man’s rest at the end of the week (Gn 2:1-3). Another reason is historical: the Sabbath is a day of rest for the Israelites, their animals and their slaves, because the Israelites, who themselves were once slaves in Egypt, should have compassion on those forced to labor (Dt 5:12-15).


To fence in and protect the sacredness of the Sabbath rest, the rabbis enumerated 39 types of work which were prohibited on this day, the third of which was reaping. Picking the heads of grain was considered reaping, and this violation is pointed out by the Pharisees to Jesus.


While prohibitions abounded, exceptions were also admitted, like the Temple duties (Mt 12:5), the unloosing of cattle (Lk 13:15), and other actions in which life was at stake. There were even rabbis who would agree with Jesus that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Here Jesus objects to the strict Pharisaic interpretation, the mere material observance of the Sabbath that admits no exception. He interprets the law in humanitarian terms, according to human needs, as God would have it. God established the seventh day as a period of joy and refreshment. Pope John Paul II interprets the sacredness of the Sabbath: “The divine rest of the seventh day does not allude to an inactive God, but emphasizes the fullness of what has been accomplished. It speaks, as it were, of God’s lingering before the ‘very good’ work (Gn 1:31) which his hand has wrought, in order to cast upon it a gaze full of joyous delight” (Dies Domini, n 11).

 
<< Start < Prev 971 972 973 974 975 976 977 978 Next > End >>

Page 974 of 978

Radio DWXI 1314KHz

User Login



Shout Your Message

Latest Message: 3 years, 7 months ago
  • Bro. Arman : SMILEY_AM Invitation to all for our Monday Gawain (Fellowship), Virgin Mary Hall (Basement), 7:00 pm. Let us all worship and praise our resurrected Jesus Christ. God bless us all.
  • Bro. Arman : SMILEY_AM
  • Bro. Arman : El Shaddai DWXI PPFI Kuwait Chapter, weekly fellowship (Gawain) March 21, 2014, Good Shepherd Hall, Holy Family Cathedral (First Floor), After the Tagalog Mass, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please join us in praising and worshiping our dear Yawheh El Shaddai. See you.
  • lhyn : Good am.po bro.arman may gawain po ba ngayon?
  • Bro. Arman : SMILEY_AM
  • Bro. Arman : SMILEY_AM
  • Bro. Arman : "Lord Jesus, you became a servant for my sake to set me free from the tyranny of sin, selfishness, and conceit. Help me to be humble as you are humble and to love freely and graciously all whom you call me to serve." SMILEY_ANGEL
  • mariaelena_m : SMILEY_AM SMILEY_THANKS
  • Bro. Arman : "Lord Jesus, be the ruler of my heart and thoughts, be the king of my home and relationships, and be the master of my work and service. Help me to make good use of the gifts, talents, time, and resources you give me for your glory and your kingdom." SMILEY_WAVE
  • Armand : A blessed day to all. Today something good is going to happen to you, claim it in Jesus Name! Smile
  • Bro. Arman : hello po edilvertojco... to po ang contact number no Bro. Robert 55407496
  • edilbertojco : good morning. gusto ko po malaman mobile # ni Bro. Robert hindi ko siya makontak sa # na ito 66287784
  • Bro. Arman : EL SHADDAI 1st Middle East Convention and Healing Rally - The Amazing Power of Faith, Love and Unity, November 23, 2012, 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubai United Arab Emirates. Come and let us all Experience God's Annointing, Healing Power, Deliverance, Financial Blessings through the Promises of God. For more info, contact the below nos. UAE - Bro. Bobby Cruz - +971 55 5355184 Kuwait - Bro. Arman Vegiga - +965 55310121 Oman - Sis. Carmen Sandoval - +968 24740939
  • Bro. Arman : @ Live_by_Grac, thank you po sa inyong observation and suggestion, rest assured po na we will consider it. God bless po.
  • Live_by_Grac : sana mag improve ang teachings para mas makahikaya at ma enlighten pa ang mga prayerpartners dito sa kuwait... kasi ang teaching always and almost nalang para natin laging sina sabi sa Bro and sis nati na Repent etc.. sana ang ituro naman natin is GRACE OF GOD and LOVE of GOD ksi sa totoo lang GOD Doesnt care ano pa kasalanan mo,ako or anyone because we are already save God want us to live in Grace not self pitty self condemn
  • sis. gin : HAPPY 28TH ANNIVERSARY SA ATING LAHAT BUONG MUNDO MGA BRO- AND SISTERS IN CHRIST. DWXI PPFI EL SHADDAI HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
  • sis. gin : happy sunday mga bro.and sisters thank you so much sa pamamagitan ng link ninyo nakapakinig ako ng live sa pilipinas tuwing saturday at kayo ginamit ni LORD makapakinig kami ng live sa eportal radio nahihirapan ako mag login through your link kami nadidiligan ng mabuting balita pagpalain lagi ni Yahwe ang gawain Niya buong mundo lalo na ang mga lingkod Niya maisabuhay ang mabuting balita.thank you thank you Yahweh El Shaddai gabayan mopo ang DWXI PPFI manatili buhay ang salita Niya maihatid sa b
  • Bro. Arman : Smile Thank you po Sis. Gin...God bless you and your family....
  • sis. gin : IN CHRIST JESUS
  • sis. gin : happy 19 anniversary kuwait mga bro. and sisters in Christ. GOD BLESS US ALL LOVE

Only registered users are allowed to post

Who's Online

We have 65 guests online
El Shaddai DWXI Prayer Partners Fellowship International, Copyright 2011