14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way. 5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6 And they had nothing to say.
Life is tricky. We get given the idea that keeping the rules is important. But keeping the rules can mean we don’t prioritise loving those around us like we should – like these Pharisees were doing – they were focused on catching Jesus out regardless of the impact on this poor man. However, Jesus challenges us to be more thoughtful than that and to remember how much He loves each one of us. The Lord recognises that we need help to live life well. That is why Jesus came – to bring us back into relationship with Him and to teach us how to live well. In the situation in this passage He reminds us that caring for each other is important. People and relationships are critical – that is where we should focus – growing in our ability to care for each other and to build strong relationships. He left the Pharisees unable to say anything.
Lord thank you so much that you created us to be in relationship with you and each other. Thank you that Jesus came to show us how to live life in community and thank you for sending us the Holy Spirit to be with us every day to help us know what to say and do. Amen
Written by Therese Manning