Monday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time

Saint Luke 6:6-11
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel
Letter to the Colossians 1:24-29.2:1-3.

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church,
of which I am a minister in accordance with God's stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God,
the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,
to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you and for those in Laodicea and all who have not seen me face to face,
that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of fully assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Psalms 62(61):6-7.9.

My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope.
God alone is my rock and my salvation, my secure height; I shall not fall.
Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge! Selah

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:6-11.

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
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.
But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up and stand before us." And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, "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?"
Looking around at them all, he then said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.



Commentary of the day
Epistle of Barnabas (about 130)
15 (trans. Goodspeed, 1950)

The Sabbath rest on the eighth day is the completion of all creation



It is written about the Sabbath also in the Ten Words which God uttered to Moses face to face on Mount Sinai, Treat the Sabbath of the Lord as holy with clean hands and a pure heart." And in another place he says, "If my sons keep the Sabbath, I will let my mercy rest upon them" (cf Ex 20,8; Ps 24[23],4) He mentions the Sabbath at the beginning of the creation: And in six days God made the works of his hands, and ended on the seventh day, and he rested on it and made it holy" (Gn 2,2-3). Observe, children, what "he ended in six days" means. This is what it means, that... the Lord will bring all things to an end;... all things will be brought to an end. "And he rested the seventh day" means this: when his Son comes and destroys the time of the lawless one, and judges the ungodly and changes the sun and moon and stars, then he will rest gloriously on the seventh day.

Further he says, "You shall treat it as holy, with clean hands and a pure heart." If, then, anyone can now, by being pure in heart, treat as holy the day God declared holy, we are entirely deceived. Observe that we will
find true rest and treat it as holy only when we shall be able to do so having ourselves been made upright and had the promise fulfilled, when there is no more disobedience, but all things have been made new by the Lord. Then we shall be able to treat it as holy, after we have first been made holy ourselves.










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