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Love of God Enhanced by Love of Neighbors!

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Arlene Donarber

November 3, Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Martin de Porres
Daily Readings: Romans 9:1–5; Luke 14:1-6

Today’s gospel raises an important question: ‘Why would Jesus target the Sabbath days to perform the cures?'

Whenever Jesus found that the Lord’s Day stood bereft of its meaning and relevance because of pointless legalism, he invited himself to offer the needed correctives.

In what he does, Jesus corrects the inhumanity that was being orchestrated in God’s name.

Their silence to Jesus’ question, ‘Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath or not?’ denotes their moral culpability, which they could not deny. Jesus is enraged by the scenario of meaningless legalism that gave the impression that, if it came to the question of humanity on the Sabbath, animals and not humans were loved better. When humans stood so devalued because of such rigid laws, Jesus invoked the example of an ox along with that of a son.

Jesus sets out to demonstrate a deserving way to honor God on the Sabbath after becoming outraged by the scenario of indignity. Through the cure he performs, Jesus demonstrates that observing the Sabbath does not mean declaring a spiritual holiday.

For Jesus, adoring and worshipping God are done better through respecting and restoring human dignity. Jesus makes them understand that there would be no better day than the Lord’s Day to perform the cures because, if the Sabbath means worshipping God truthfully, then the healings mean precisely that.

In what he does, Jesus highlights the urgency and necessity of doing good works in God’s name, and that is the most fitting manner to celebrate the Sabbath.

Worshiping God and liberating humans are not two different things for Jesus. The former stands out more than the latter. Let us embrace the example of Jesus!


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.