Commentary on the Gospel of

Claretian Bible Diary


There was an objection from the Pharisees because Jesus was breaking their rules by healing on the Sabbath; their position (their power) was being threatened.  There are many like them, whose position and power depend on others remaining powerless.  This kind of power always has an agenda, it is power over or against others.  It is a jockeying for position and privilege; fundamentally it is aggression.  This kind of power exists wherever there are people who have not been converted by the gospel; it exists in the Church, where there are many unconverted.  A question for a quiet hour:  when was the last time I empowered anyone but myself?


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