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Gospel

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
MK 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him.

And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reflection

Sadie Facile ‘19

What angers us? We get angry at traffic, our family, our friends, our jobs, and ourselves. I personally find myself becoming angry at my family. I love my mother, but like many mothers and daughters, we don’t always get along.

My mom and I are different. I am extroverted, optimistic, and love being goofy. My mom is quiet, often pessimistic, and reserved. Because of these personality differences, our relationship is strained. I try to express my love for her, but I often come up short. Then I become angry we don’t have a great relationship—I feel our hearts hardening.

In this Gospel, Jesus sets an example of righteous anger. Jesus’ anger towards the Pharisees was not out of hatred, but out of love. His anger was not selfish, it was fueled by a strong concern for their spiritual life and lack of faith. Jesus teaches us that in our relationships with others, we are called to love them as God does. In that love, righteous anger is an expression of frustration at someone whose heart is hardened towards God.

Loving others is extremely difficult, and the sacrifice it entails makes demands upon us. Jesus’ high standard of righteous anger in this Gospel challenges us to let go of our petty anger. In our relationships with others, we must constantly be focused on seeing others through God’s eyes.

This Gospel has called me to love my mother in a way that she feels love and drives us both towards Christ. Authentically and intentionally showing love towards others, despite our anger, can alleviate the hardness of our hearts—theirs and ours. When we strive for this genuine love in our relationships with others, we’ll experience Jesus’ healing presence.

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Prayer

Father Tom Carten, CSC 

Loving God, giver of all good things, sustainer of your children, the eternal provider of our needs, free our hearts to hear our brothers and sisters crying out in need. Help us create laws and social structures that affirm life and bring peace, rather than kill. Let our words bring help and encouragement, rather than discouragement and frustration. May we be faithful to you, the source of life. Amen.

Saint

St. Anthony the Abbot, you sought perfection by giving away everything in order to seek treasure in heaven, pray for us!