Gospel - October 31, 2014

LK 14:1-6

On one occasion, when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, the people there were watching him closely.

Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent.

So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.

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 - October 31, 2014

How do we keep the Sabbath holy? Do we take time to remove ourselves from work, technology, and the confines of schedules to enjoy family and friends, appreciate our health, and explore the wonders of God’s world around us?

The seventh day of creation became a day of rest in order to sanctify the marvels of God’s handiwork. We are called to keep this seventh day—the Sabbath—holy in God’s name.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us of the meaning of truly honoring the Sabbath. Under the close watch of the Pharisees, Jesus heals a man plagued by dropsy, and then questions them about the lawfulness of this act. (Today’s medicine refers to dropsy as “edema,” a swelling of soft tissues—especially in the legs.) With their silence speaking loudly, Jesus brings the act into their context by asking how they would respond if an ox, or even their own child, were to fall into a well on the Sabbath. Once again, the Pharisees’ silence speaks loudly.

Through this Gospel, Jesus reminds us of our duty on the Sabbath, which is a gift of rest—an opportunity to take a break from our busy weekly routines. We are invited to use the day to rejuvenate our spirits and renew our appreciation of life’s little blessings. But we are also called to heal—to spend time with a lonely friend or ill family member, to cultivate relationships by spending quality time with loved ones, and to care for the beautiful nature surrounding us.

This Sunday, let us resolve to keep holy the Sabbath day. We can take a walk—without a phone or ipod, alone or with a companion—to truly rest, renew, and rejuvenate. In doing so, may we find healing for ourselves and others, a refreshed spirit, and deeper appreciation for the gift of life.

Katie Carter ’12


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Prayer - October 31, 2014

Lord, give us the love and the generosity to reach out to serve our brothers and sisters in need, so in loving and serving them, we may love and serve you, and one day hear you welcome us into your eternal Kingdom. Amen.

Father Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C.


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