Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
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On a certain Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught…The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the Sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
Ever feel like you’re being watched? That people are just lying in wait for you, waiting for you to make one “mistake” and blow it out of proportion? That’s how the Lord must have felt. That’s how we all feel, when people, who already have a preconceived notion of us, attack from nowhere.
I know the feeling. I’m sure you do as well.
Pharisees and mathematicians. There’s more in common with them then meets the eye. Pharisees judged things according to the law, and the law was written in black on white. It was black and white. Math teachers judge answers according to what’s on the paper, and the answer is either right or wrong.
Pharisees made a living off of the printed word. Mathematicians make a living off of the printed number. Yet both professions are extremely limited in their field of expertise.
Mathematicians crunch numbers into formulas and equations. That’s their field of expertise. But when they attempt to associate a number to something, then chances are they have already gone beyond their field of expertise. That’s why mathematicians do not necessarily make good sociologists, psychologists, politicians, theologians or philosophers. Outside their abstract world, numbers mean nothing more than a numerical value. In fact, a number could be the right number but with the wrong formula or equation.
The Pharisees were good at knowing the letter of the law. They knew it by heart. But when they tried to associate God’s law with flesh and blood, they failed miserably. In fact, they ended up crucifying God to it! That’s why Pharisees did not necessarily make good theologians, philosophers or psychologists. Outside the abstract world of paper and pen, laws meant nothing more than just a means of judging people. In fact, they could be completely right in their findings but completely wrong in their judging.
Then the Word became flesh.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh. The Law no longer is stagnant. It walks. It no longer is etched in stone but written in flesh. The Law has a heartbeat. It has a personality. It has taken on life.
Life. The Word took on life. The Word of God can relate to us. He is one of us.
Jesus said to the Pharisees, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Guess what happens to people who live only in the abstract world; who live in the world of letters and numbers? They lose their mind. They lose a sense of life. In fact, their words (and numbers) take on a life of their own and they end up doing more harm than good: [The Pharisees] became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.”
The Word became flesh and lived among us. All things take on (new) meaning when they are associated to Jesus Christ. (0)
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