JULY 17. Ord Time B. Wk 15. Sat. Mt.12 14-21
The Pharisees went out and began to plot against Jesus, discussing how to destroy him.
Jesus knew this and withdrew from the district. Many followed him and he cured them all, but warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah:
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved, the favourite of my soul.
I will endow him with my spirit,
and he will proclaim the true faith to the nations.
He will not brawl or shout,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break the crushed reed,
nor put out the smouldering wick
till he has led the truth to victory:
in his name the nations will put their hope”.
Why was it “The Pharisees went out and began to plot against Jesus, discussing how to destroy him?”
It was because, via his miracles, Christ had clearly demonstrated he was who he claimed to be; - The Son of God!
Immediately prior to this reading Christ had been in the Jewish synagogue where he came upon a man with a withered hand and; - in front of the Pharisees; - had cured him!
In doing this he was again demonstrating that Love takes precedence over the Law; - while the Pharisees were proclaiming it was not lawful to heal on the Sabbath!
Note how; - while the Pharisees claimed healing on the Sabbath was not allowed; - as it was holy; - they had no difficulty plotting Christ’s death on the Sabbath!
But they were driven to this by Jesus demonstrating his divinity within the synagogue itself; - the centre of teaching for the Jewish faith!
Jesus’ response to the Pharisees was to “withdraw from the district”; - as the miracle he had just performed had provided ample evidence he was from God and speaking the truth!
Gospel Acclamation 2Cor5:19
God was in Christ, to reconcile the world to himself;
and the Good News of reconciliation he has entrusted to us.