Monday, January 14, 2008

Haters Will Hate

Today's reading from the Coptic lectionary is Matt. 12:9-23. It begins,

Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--that they might accuse Him.

St. John Chrysostom comments,

See the tender pity of the Lord. “He set him in the midst,” that by the sight He might subdue them; that overcome by the spectacle they might cast away their wickedness, and out of a kind of shame towards the man, cease from their savage ways. But they, ungentle and inhuman, choose rather to hurt the fame of Christ, than to see this person made whole: in both ways betraying their wickedness; by their warring against Christ, and by their doing so with such contentiousness, as even to treat with despite His mercies to other men...

....They weren't injured, yet they went about to slay Him. So great an evil is envy.For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.

How often do we hate, criticize and or suspect the good deeds of others because we are jealous of the doer? The next time I feel cynical towards a "do-gooder", I might ask myself, "What's going on in my heart? What is the real reason this bothers me?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This also applies to all good deeds and service. A self-assessment of one's motives can reveal your true intentions. A critical eye can help avoid being boastful.