In fact Jesus acted against the Jewish laws and traditions by touching a non-related unclean woman and healing her on a Sabbath day and allowing her to serve him on a Sabbath day. Jesus did a social offence by touching a nonrelated woman, and touching one that was sick and therefore unclean and performing this act on the Sabbath.
Against the society
Rules are to obey but who laid out the rules and who interpret the rules does matters. ‘For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment’. James 2:13. Rules of society now added a new dimension with human right aspect, by making mercy killing and same sex family a socially accepted practice. How we should react to these rules must be in line with Jesus’ response, obeying the law only when the rules help the soul and body. A Christian is bound to act against the worldly rules if those rules will not nurture the soul of a human being. Most of the time the society and a Christian should be in opposite sides, as ‘ the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.’
But in a micro sense a Christian need to fight against the attitudes which govern us prohibiting to act anything as a good Samaritan. Jesus made this clear in the parable of Good Samaritan, Luke 1:25-37. Good Samaritan acted not only against the laws of the society but also against his self, against his comfort. So every campaign against the laws of the society must be against self too, against those depravities in our soul.
Jesus relay on his own powers while casting out the demons and by not calling upon a God higher up on the list than the demons to cast them out, Jesus presents himself as a person who is higher on the list than demons. Jesus represented himself having the power and authority of God. Mark 1:21-28. In the morning Jesus is up early and once again “in the wilderness” (mark 1:35) to ponder His mission in prayer. May be strange enough that a ‘Son of God’ need wilderness to talk to his father. Hardly because he can’t pray while among the community but he like the togetherness with God away from the crowd. The fuel refilling was always in the loneliness with God, which fired his spirit to act in the crowd. Demonstrations are good to save the world, preaching is good to save the soul of the parishioners, acting in the name of charity is good to gain those in the name of Jesus but without the wilderness with God the individual’s soul will get dry soon.
Finding a safe place.
Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” The enticing matter in “going back” is all the successes in Capernaum. Miracles were happening. People were being cured. The entire city was at the door. There was no opposition to Jesus and everything was good for a secure ministry. Returning to Capernaum seems awfully attractive. Safe haven leads to inactivity.
Most dangerous situation in life and society is being stuck in past successes and continuing to do the same old things when they are no longer appropriate or no longer effective. Jesus left his successes in Capernaum. This is the same situation in spiritual life too. That is because St John of the Cross gives less importance for any spiritual favours for the soul in the journey for mystical union with God. Essence of spiritual journey is not in taking rest under a sunshade or enjoying the view of the mountains already conquered but in finding the new cliffs, the new places where the gospel to be preached, where the demons to be casted out, nothing but our inner places yet to be baptised.
So Christian mission may be against the law of the society but the real meaning lies with the purification of our soul than the activities on the street. The purification is easy to gain in the wilderness, the lonely hours with God. A Christian will not stop by impasse or by enjoying His grace until he find his final resting place in communion with God.
‘Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life’. John Henry Newman.