“Then He said to them, ‘Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they kept silent.” Mark 3:4
My mother was just a girl that Sabbath morning when they woke up to the news that the husband of one of the neighboring families had died unexpectedly during the night. His widow was nearly paralyzed by her grief and in the early morning hours, as my grandmother endeavored to provide what comfort she could, she realized that her friend was never going to be ready to meet all the people who were going to come calling to offer their condolences that day. Not only was her friend overwhelmed by her chaotic storm of emotions but her house was in a bit of a state of chaos as well.
So that Sabbath, instead of fixing her hair and putting on her best dress and shoes, my grandma put on an everyday dress and apron and spent the day cleaning her neighbors house and helping her receive all the friends and family members that came to comfort and grieve with her.
My mother, Aunt Carolyn, and Uncle Mike, however were not part of the cleaning crew and they went to church as usual. When they got there and it was noticed that grandma was missing people, of coursed, asked where she was, no doubt thinking she might be sick. It then fell to my mother to explain the situation and tell the church family that grandma was cleaning her neighbors house instead of going to church on the Sabbath.
I’m proud of my grandma’s actions that Sabbath morning and I’m proud of the response of her church to her act of Christian charity. One church member told my mother that grandma was a true Christian woman.
In Mark chapter three Jesus has encountered a man in need of his compassion on the Sabbath. Our focus text is his question put to the Jewish leaders who were waiting to see what he would do and thinking that he should do nothing because it was the Sabbath. Jesus did good that day and his example was what guided my grandma’s action 2000 years later. Will you let Jesus example guide your actions today?