“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” While few of us will face that question today, I may in fact experience the challenge of putting my values on the line in some practical way. Jesus’ response to the Pharisees invites me to wrestle with the realities of practical charity as I move from theory to positive action in my service of someone else.  In doing so, I may well risk misunderstanding or even failure.

Today we honor St. Martin de Porres, the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed slave from Panama. He entered the Dominican order as a lay brother, and served others as a barber, infirmarian, and farm-laborer. Throughout his years of quiet ministry he had special care for the poor and those who were sick. My life today may not be as dramatic as Martin’s, yet his example can kindle my own quiet outreach to others. What might this outgoing attitude look like for me throughout the coming weekend?

—The Jesuit prayer team from the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI.



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