"Then he said to the Pharisees, 'Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil?'...But they remained silent."
Pray-as-You-Go had an interesting question based on this Gospel today..."What was it that hardened the Pharisees' hearts?" Their silence to Jesus' question and the fact that they were watching so closely to trip Jesus up lead us to wonder...why are their hearts so hardened? They were religious folks. They loved God. They thought the rules were important. I thought about it and came up with legalism being the cause of their hardness of heart. The law becoming everything instead of just a guide to a closer walk with God. Jesus shows that the spirit of the law--love and compassion for each other--is more important. Can we fall into the legalism trap ourselves? Let's think about that. Check out another reflection on this Gospel I wrote for Catholic Moms for today: