15 The Lord replied, “Hypocrites! Don’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from its stall and lead it out to get a drink? 16 Then isn’t it necessary that this woman, a daughter of Abraham, bound by Satan for eighteen long years, be set free from her bondage on the Sabbath day?” 17 When he said these things, all his opponents were put to shame, but all those in the crowd rejoiced at all the extraordinary things he was doing.
– Luke 13: 15-17
“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
In today’s scripture, Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath, and the leader of the synagogue is livid. Jesus is breaking the rules (at least as the synagogue leader has interpreted them). Jesus then speaks jarring word to those who were there that day and to us. He starts by name calling. Hypocrite has never been a term of endearment.
I included the above quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., because it sums up what Jesus is saying. It’s also a lesson I try try to practice in my own life and teach my children.
I phrase it this way to my kids “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.” I frequently add, “If doing the right thing was easy, everyone would be doing it all the time.”
Figuring out the “right thing” to do is usually fairly simple and easy. Doing the “right thing” is often difficult. Simple, but difficult.
Where are you being challenged to “do the right thing” today? This is your invitation to take on the difficult task.
Prayer: Lord, grant us the wisdom to know what is right, then give us the courage to do it. Amen.