Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel reading presents to us a miracle of Jesus. A man suffering from dropsy is healed on a Sabbath day. But the context of the miracle is interesting: Jesus goes to the house of a Pharisee to have meals and all the Pharisees are watching Him closely. This act of watching Him closely is not out of desire for miracle or forgiveness, neither is it for listening to His teaching nor for becoming His disciple, but just to find fault with Him. Knowing their hearts, Jesus cures the man with a teaching on the importance of life over the law.
Now, why do we look at Jesus? Or why do we watch Jesus?
Do we turn to Jesus looking for signs or desiring for miracles? Do we look at Him for healing or to find fault that He has not been dealing fairly with us? Dear friends, we are invited to turn to Him with love. God has so loved us that He has given His only Son to us. We are expected to watch with that love. If so, we will also feel the healing touch of Jesus as the man in the Gospel and experience the forgiveness of Jesus as the woman caught in adultery, and then we will begin to witness to Jesus like the Apostles. If we turn to Him with other expectations and priorities, I think, the words of St. Paul about the chosen people might become true in our lives too: “I have a great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart,” for besides the covenant, adoption, glory, law and the promises, the chosen people have failed to recognize Him and accept Him. Let us, therefore, turn towards Him with love.