Only three chapters into Mark’s gospel, the Jews are already looking into ways to get rid of Jesus. There are a series of controversies. This one deals with curing on the Sabbath. In Jewish thought of the time, emergency first aid for a life threatening problem was ok, but not curing. Jesus challenges this understanding of the Sabbath Laws and says that love triumphs over regulation. Then, He heals the man. Loving one’s neighbor is more important than keeping rules. May Jesus’ law of love guide all our actions.