Day 32 – Thursday, April 11, 2019
Healing a man with dropsy
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house
of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath,
they were watching him closely.
Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy.
And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees,
“Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?”
But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him,
and sent him away.
Then he said to them,
“If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well,
will you not immediately pull it out on a Sabbath day?”
And they could not reply to this.
At first glance,
it seems that Jesus is using his compassion to perform a miracle,
and his miracle to teach a lesson.
While that may be true, consider another view.
Perhaps Jesus is teaching us that no matter what you are doing,
teaching, working, shopping, there is always time for compassion and works of love!
Let this thought influence your daily prayer as well as your actions.