Monday, March 30, 2009

Jeremiah 24:1-10, Psalm 31, Romans 9:19-23, John 9:1-17

John 9, verse 16 contains the phrase (spoken by the Pharisees) “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” The implication was that Jesus’ curing of the blind man should not have occurred on the Sabbath; but sometimes doing good means ignoring the “Pharisees”.

When I was twelve, I was playing in my room on a Sunday afternoon when I suddenly remembered that it was my Mother’s birthday. It being a Sunday in the Midwest of the 1970s, there probably were no stores open, but I rode my bike downtown anyway.

Peering through the window at Connor’s Pharmacy, I saw Mr. Connor stocking shelves. Seeing me, he called out, “It’s Sunday; we’re closed.”

I had turned away and climbed on my bike when I heard the store’s door open. “What did you want, anyway?”

“Just a card for my Mom’s birthday.”

Mr. Connor smiled. “Come on in. I think we can break the rules for that.”

After picking out a card, I took it to Mr. Connor along with a fistful of change I had scraped up. He chuckled and said, “Don’t worry about it. I think I can take the loss. Just don’t tell anyone you got it on Sunday.”

I rode home, hurriedly scrawled a pre-adolescent inscription on the card, and presented it to Mom. She was happy (and a little surprised) that I had remembered her birthday and had actually done something.

Mr. Connor did not keep the Sabbath. But he did the right thing.


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