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A Reflection on the Daily Gospel by Father Jim Livingstone

Friday, July 17, 2020
St. Matthew 12:1-8 Revised English Bible 1989
 
About that time Jesus was going through the cornfields on the sabbath; and his disciples, feeling hungry began to pluck some ears of corn and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, ‘Look, your disciples are doing what is forbidden on the sabbath,’ He answered, ‘Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God and ate the sacred bread, though neither he nor his men had a right to eat it, but only the priests. Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and they are not to be guilty? But I tell you, there is something greater than the temple here. If you had known what this text means, ‘It is mercy I require, not sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the innocent. “For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.’
 
Meditation:  What does the commandment “keep holy the Sabbath” require of us? Or better yet, what is the primary intention behind this commandment? The religious leaders confronted Jesus on this issue. The “Sabbath rest” was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God’s goodness and the goodness of his work, both in creation and redemption. It was a day set apart for the praise of God, his work of creation and his saving grace on our behalf. It was intended to bring everyday work to a halt and to provide needed rest and refreshment.
 
The Scribes and the Pharisees scolded Jesus’s disciples not for plucking and eating corn from the fields, but for doing it on the Sabbath. Jesus defended his disciples by arguing from the Scriptures that human need has precedence over ritual custom. In their hunger David and his men ate of the holy bread in the Temple. Jesus quotes the prophet Hosea , ‘ I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.‘  Ritual sacrifice is important to God, however, mercy and kindness in response to human need are even more important. Do you honor the Lord in the way you treat your neighbor and celebrate the Lord’s Day?
 
Lord, make us to walk in your way. Where there is love and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance; where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor annoyance; where there is poverty and joy, their is neither greed nor avarice; where there is peace and contemplation, there is neither care nor restlessness; where there is the fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter; where there is mercy and prudence, there is neither excess nor harshness; this we know through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  (prayer of St Francis of Assisi)

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