September 04 – JESUS AND SABBATH

Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time

 Gospel: Lk 6: 1-5

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry? How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

JESUS AND SABBATH: “The son of man is the Lord of Sabbath.” Jesus is telling this to the Pharisees and to us, showing that he has authority over the very greatest traditions rooted in the Old Testament. He tries to show them and us that, we observe strictly the law and not its spirit. This distances us from God and His will. The law is there to bring us close to God but not to distance us from Him. The disciples appear to be going against the law of the Sabbath. The teaching however is that, Jesus set the Sabbath for benefit to the human person. Keeping the Sabbath should not be restricted if it is for the suffering of the human person.

PRAYER: Lord help us to know you more in our observance of the Sabbath.

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INTENTIONS AND LAWS: The Pharisees were busy with laws of Sabbath. Jesus went deeper to see the intentions of the Sabbath day. God gave the Law to Moses, and Jesus declared himself master of the Sabbath. The Pharisees failed to see the meaning of the action of David in Temple eating from the altar. First, they did not read the Word of God with open an mind. Secondly, they did not read the Word of God to search the Will of God but to look at it legalistically. Thirdly, they did not read the Word of God with a heart to see the new meaning in it. Laws are meant to serve human beings and any law that is not based on love is not from God. The human needs go beyond the letter of the laws. God desires wellbeing of his people. Therefore, as followers of Jesus we need to see the spirit of law and act accordingly. Love and human concern are the greatest laws.