Friday, September 05, 2014
Saturday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
1 Cor 4: 6b-15 / Ps 145: 17-18, 19-20, 21/ Lk 6: 1-5
Reading: 1 Cor 4: 6b-15
Learn by this example not to believe yourselves superior by siding with one against the other. How then are you more than the others? What have you that you have not received? And if you received it, why are you proud, as if you did not receive it? So, then, you are already rich and satisfied, and feel like kings without us! I wish you really were kings, so that we might enjoy the kingship with you! It seems to me that God has placed us, the apostles, in the last place, as if condemned to death, and as spectacles for the whole world, for the angels as well as for mortals. We are fools for Christ, while you show forth the wisdom of Christ. We are weak, you are strong. You are honored, while we are despised. Until now we hunger and thirst, we are poorly clothed and badly treated, while moving from place to place. We labor, working with our hands. People insult us and we bless them, they persecute us and we endure everything; they speak evil against us, and ours are works of peace. We have become like the scum of the earth, like the garbage of humankind until now. I do not write this to shame you, but to warn you as very dear children. Because even though you may have ten thousand guardians in the Christian life, you have only one father; and it was I who gave you life in Christ through the Gospel.
Gospel: Luke 6: 1-5
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the corn fields and his disciples began to pick heads of grain crushing them in their hands for food. Some of the Pharisees asked them, "Why do you do what is forbidden on the Sabbath?" Then Jesus spoke, "Have you never read what David did when he and his men were hungry?" He entered the house of God, took and ate the bread of the offering and even gave some to his men, though only priests are allowed to eat that bread." And Jesus added, "The Son of Man is Lord and rules over the Sabbath."
Jewish law is very strict about following the rules predicated in observing the Sabbath. That means no unnecessary labor must be performed on that day. The Pharisees were trying to be literal, but Jesus meant for them to take a spiritual viewpoint of observing the Sabbath.
On that day, the disciples are said to have done unlawful things which was picking heads of grain. Jesus related the story about David, the king of Israel, who entered the house of God and ate the sacred bread. He did this because he and his companions were hungry. When we're hungry, we eat and when we're thirsty, we drink. It is human nature. Even if the law dictates that no work must be done, when a greater need arises to feed the hungry, that must be given priority
Being Lord of the Sabbath means approaching each other with compassion just like God would do. He would not want to withhold his love because it might contradict his command. In fact he is showing us that love supersedes any edicts. We need to be more sensitive to one another's needs. If the law prevents us from loving and helping those who need assistance, maybe we need to review the practices we used to follow. We need to faithfully understand what following the Sabbath means in relation to the law of love.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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