Oct 29 (Lk 13:10-17)

There is a simple little poem, which goes thus:

“A horse can’t pull, while kicking,

This fact we merely mention.

And he can’t kick, while pulling,

Which is our chief contention!

Let’s therefore, imitate the good horse

And lead a life that’s fitting;

Just pull an honest load, and then

There’ll be no time for kicking!”

These few lines of the poem explain in clear terms…

… on how the aspect of criticism and bad-mouthing is a result of a lack of focus and proper attitude!

Are we sometimes people who fail to have such “horse-sense”?

This lack of a “horse-sense” can lead to the…

… habit of spitting out unpleasant words at others, without the least concern.

… practise of spitting out harsh and judgmental words, with minimal mercy.

… tendency to spitting out critical words to put down people in humiliation.

The Gospel of the Day brings a classical example of a person who failed to have this “horse-sense”.

The context of the Gospel passage is that of Jesus healing a woman who had been crippled for eighteen on a Sabbath Day.

However, after the healing, the leader of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had cured on a Sabbath.

>> He told, “There are six days when work should be done.

Come on those days to be cured, not on the Sabbath day” (Lk 13:14)

This leader of the synagogue, was displaying the lack of a “horse-sense”.

Here was something noble and good being done…

>> But he fails to see the goodness and instead shouts at the people for not keeping the laws.

Here was something miraculous and godly being performed…

>> But he closes himself to the Kingdom of God and focuses on the need to obey human rules.

His lack of “horse-sense” seemed badly exposed!

Jesus, the Lord of healing and restoration, encountered the woman who had been crippled for many years…

>> She was bent.

>> She was in pain probably.

>> She was also very much dispirited too.

Jesus saw her need…

… but the leader of the synagogue saw her as a nuisance.

>> Jesus understood her pain…

… but the leader of the synagogue chose to inflict shame on the people.

This is the trouble very often: One concentrates only on the negative aspects of persons and situations!

Jesus lashes out at such an attitude!

He calls the leader of the synagogue a hypocrite, and draws his attention to the greater and important dimensions of life!

>> “This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years, ought she not have been set free on this Sabbath day from this bondage?” (Lk 13:16)

>> The man focused on the rule of Sabbath…

… Jesus focused on the Law of Love and Liberation.

>> The man saw the commandment violated…

… Jesus saw a life that had been violated and was in need of renewal.

>> The man burst out in anger and pride…

… Jesus blossomed out in Compassion and Humanness.

Do I display any such characteristics?

>> Failing to see the goodness in people…

… and instead speak only of their faults and mistakes

>> Failing to trust in God in hard situations…

… and instead only criticize and blame God

>> Getting wild with people for tiny faults…

… without considering their context and circumstances

>> Spreading calumny and rumours…

…. about the unpleasant aspects of others

The Lord of all Liberation and Wholeness today invites us to experience His Healing Touch.

Many of us are crippled and infirmed…

>> We need a healing.

>> We need a touch of the Lord.

A negative attitude in life can cause much damage to the people around us.

>> It can make our life unclean and miserable and cause people to avoid us.

>> It can make our families, our communities and our societies to be unlivable and unpleasant.

A strong decision needs to be made: to stop the usage of…

… bad words

… defamatory news

… harmful statements

… uncharitable remarks

… and to stop spitting cruel and heartless comments!

Let us be aware:

” A horse can’t pull, while kicking,

And he can’t kick, while pulling,

Let’s therefore, imitate the good horse

And lead a life that’s fitting;

Just pull an honest load, and then

There’ll be no time for kicking!”

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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