“Follow the law , or get out!” That’s one way to treat immigrants, but not the Christian way. In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches a lesson prioritizing compassion over law. Judaic law allowed absolutely no work on the Sabbath. However, Jesus calls on the Sabbath a man with a withered hand to the front of the synagogue. He then heals his hand while the Pharisees watch to condemn Jesus’ working. Angered at their attitude, Jesus exclaims that humans outrank even Sabbath law. His plea echoes down the centuries commanding us to open our hearts to our sisters and brothers. Law serves humanity especially the needy such as immigrants. As followers of Christ, we cherish and choose in these days compassion and support for all God’s children.

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