“Is it permitted on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?”

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St. Margaret of Hungary, O.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
St. Margaret of Hungary, O.P.
More detailsSt. Margaret, O.P., (January 27, 1242 – January 18, 1271), born in Croatia, was the eighth and last daughter (9th of 10 children) of King Béla IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina. She entered a monastery that was built by her parents on an island in the Danube, later known as St. Margaret Island. Although of noble birth, she was humble living as the other nuns. She refused royal marriage and offered her many hours of labors, prayer, and fasting for the poor and ill.

“Is it permitted on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?”

Lectio

Another time he went into the synagogue, and there was a man present whose hand was withered. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath day, hoping for something to charge him with. He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Get up and stand in the middle!' Then he said to them, 'Is it permitted on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?' But they said nothing. Then he looked angrily round at them, grieved to find them so obstinate, and said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.' He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and began at once to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him. (Mc 3:1-6)

Contemplatio: 

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Luke 6: 36).

Whoever acts without mercy will be judged without mercy but mercy can afford to laugh at judgement (James 2: 13).

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fr. Gustave Ineza, O.P.
fr. Gustave Ineza, O.P.
Author's biographyfr. Gustave Ineza, O. P. is a brother of the St. Dominic Province of Canada. He is currently the coordinator of the African department for the International Dominican University Online (www.domuni.eu). He lives in Nyagatare where the Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi has opened a filial house attached to the priory of Kigali. He is the Catholic chaplain to secondary schools and the assistant chaplain to the University of Rwanda, the campus of Nyagatare. He did Christian-Muslim dialogue studies at Oxford/UK.