Stretch Out Your Hand
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For 18 January 2023, Wednesday of week 2 in Ordinary Time , based on Mark 3:1-6
Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Scripture passage from the 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.
18 January 2023 @ 11:19 pm
What a powerful, moving and encouraging reflection. Your work continues to bring blessings. Thank you.
19 January 2023 @ 1:15 am
Powerful expressions of Connection— thanks, Beth
19 January 2023 @ 1:24 am
Thanks, Beth! So much of your reflection can certainly be applied to our every day lives!
19 January 2023 @ 1:40 am
Thank you Beth. There is so much to reflect on here. We are all wounded healers.
Sr. Brigid Cannon
19 January 2023 @ 3:56 am
MY DEAR SR. BETH,
How grateful I am to hear of your prison ministry and the healings that took place. It is a wonderful gift you have shared.
Our Dominican Congregation of Peace prays in our prayers of the Faithful for an end of the Death Penalty, Prison reform and on the day of execution a prayer for the person to be executed and the victim of the crime. Let us pray for more Restorative Justice as we are all Wounded Healers. Continued blessings on your preaching,
Pat Magee OP
19 January 2023 @ 7:14 am
Thank you so much Beth. It seems shared vulnerabilities transform into an experience of communion. Thanks for painting this meaningful picture with this story.
19 January 2023 @ 7:17 am
Thanks, Beth, for this wonderful message.
19 January 2023 @ 7:31 am
A new and very helpful insight on a familiar story. Just what I needed! Thanks so much. Mary Schneiders
19 January 2023 @ 10:36 am
With gratitude to you, Beth, for this powerful reflection, reminding us so poignantly of our very own withered and wounded humanity. May our gentle and loving God continue to gift you with wisdom and grace as you age so grace filled and gracefully! ????????????
Beth McCormick, O.P.
19 January 2023 @ 2:07 pm
Thank you, one and all, for your gracious comments. In truth, many of your insights are richer than the preaching is ! Beth
19 January 2023 @ 2:36 pm
Beth, I need to continually stretch out my hand for healing.
Thanks for your words of healing.
19 January 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Thank you Sister and to all who reach out to the broken.