In today's gospel, the scribes and the Pharisees spied on Jesus, in hopes that he would break one of their numerous 'laws' on the Sabbath. And in healing the man with the withered hand, Jesus confounded the logic of the Pharisees by doing good, not evil, on the Sabbath. In return, the wheels were put in motion for Jesus' Crucifixion and death.
Blessed are we that for Jesus, 'no good deed goes unpunished.'
St. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, spoke of his suffering for their faith, and his mysterious help in completing Christ's suffering left unfinished for the sake of Christ's Church. Knowing that Jesus' Sacrifice won our salvation in perfection, we are left to ponder the fact that the Eucharist perpetuates the Sacrifice of the Cross sacramentally, and as Christ's Body, we participate in His Cross and Resurrection as we are taken up by Him in the Heavenly Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. This should put a stamp of importance on all suffering we undergo while not committing sin. This should remind us that our suffering is meritorious, if we offer it up to the Lord, if we are not suffering from sin, and if we are willing to offer it, not only for our own salvation, but for the salvation of others.
Blessed are we when we suffer for doing good, when God graces our suffering, as life punishes us, for 'no good deed goes unpunished.'
Psalm 62 reminds us that ordinary men and women are 'a puff of wind.' And important men and women are a 'delusion.' When we suffer our own pride, our own vanity, our own self-importance, God allows us to undergo humiliation in order that we may attain to blessed humility through good old divinely inspired purgative Love. All the wonderful things we do, philanthropically, fueled secretly by a desire to be noticed, admired, and accepted, are a perversion of true charity in freely giving, solely out of Love.
Blessed are we when we are taken down a notch, for our own good, as 'no good deed goes unpunished.'