Prayer of the Day
Daily PrayerOctober 30th, 2015
Jesus was often criticized for eating with tax collectors and sinners, but one day he went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. They were watching him carefully to see if he would heal someone on the Sabbath as he had done before. They might have arranged for the man with dropsy to be at the Pharisees house as a test for Jesus. Who could possibly object to the healing and restoration to health of another human being? The Pharisees clung to the letter of the law, but let go of the spirit of the law. They were good people, but had closed their minds to God working in their midst. Jesus had a clearer insight into the Sabbath than the Pharisees. He knew that the heart of religion is to love God and our neighbour. Rules should be there to help this, not hinder it. The Holy Spirit is the One who transforms us by renewing our minds and hearts. (Romans 12 : 2) As Christians, we are committed to a life long process of examination and reflection on how to act and behave. We always need to be careful that, like the Pharisees, in today’s Gospel, we don’t shut ourselves off from the work God is doing in our very midst and before our very eyes.
Lord God, help me always to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our world. Amen