"The scribes and Pharisees were on the watch to see if He would perform a cure on the sabbath so that they could find a charge against Him" (Lk 6:7). They assumed Jesus would have to work to heal the man with the withered hand and thereby violate the sabbath. Jesus healed the man, but without working. All He did was speak, and all the man did was stand and stretch out his hand (Lk 6:10). Thus although a great healing was performed, there was no violation of the sabbath.
Jesus healed the man effortlessly, but that seemed impossible. The whole Jewish law presumed it required a great effort to obey the 612 commandments of the Old Testament. Worshiping God was also laborious with hundreds, even thousands, of animals sacrificed. The Jewish religion was rightly called a yoke and a burden. Jesus, however, said: "Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome" (Mt 11:28). "Your souls will find rest, for My yoke is easy and My burden light" (Mt 11:29-30).
Jesus offered good news of simple healings and light burdens. He would later do all the work necessary for the salvation of every human being when He died on the cross. Jesus has done the job. His work is finished (Jn 19:30). We can live saved, freed, and healed. Have faith in Jesus' works (Jn 5:36; 14:11).
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 14, 2007.