Jesus cures the withered hand of a man on the Sabbath. The miracle evokes a rebuke from many pious persons. While Jesus can heal the Faithful man’s hand, He is powerless before a hardened hearth.

I am the only effective obstacle to God’s presence and action in my life. I am the only one to blame if God isn’t present to me today.

O God, may my heart be docile to Your presence. Grant me a sincere desire for holiness today.