23 January 2019
You remember that Melchizedek, king of Salem, a priest of God Most High, went to meet Abraham who was on his way back after defeating the kings, and blessed him; and also that it was to him that Abraham gave a tenth of all that he had. By the interpretation of his name, he is, first, ‘king of righteousness’ and also king of Salem, that is, ‘king of peace’; he has no father, mother or ancestry, and his life has no beginning or ending; he is like the Son of God. He remains a priest for ever.
This becomes even more clearly evident when there appears a second Melchizedek, who is a priest not by virtue of a law about physical descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. For it was about him that the prophecy was made: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.
Jesus went into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up out in the middle!’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it against the law on the sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’ But they said nothing. Then, grieved to find them so obstinate, he looked angrily round at them, and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out and his hand was better. The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.
Then, grieved to find them so obstinate
Why are people stubborn? Is it because they don’t see the need to bend their will to others or is it they really believe that they are correct? The readings of today remind us that Jesus is aggrieved to see the Pharisees being obstinate towards him.
The Pharisees wanted to trap Jesus and were willing to give up the truth just to get their way. Perhaps this is something we face in our lives. The unwillingness to follow Jesus stems from a desire to live in the old way of life. Yet as Christians we must know what it means to be living with God. Being docile to God’s will requires to submit our will to His plans for us.
This is not something easy but we must continue to do so as remaining faithful to God is the only way we as Christians can remain faithful to our call. Jesus wants us to love Him and to do so, we need to give our hearts to Him. Let us ask God in prayer to melt the hardness of our heart and make us willing to to listen to His will.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, melt the cold-heartededness of ours.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who continue to share the faith.