Friday, September 06, 2019


SATURDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

September 7, 2019 - SATURDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

Col 1: 21 – 23 / Lk 6: 1 – 5

1ST READING: Col 1: 21 – 23a
You yourselves were once estranged and opposed to God because of your evil deeds, but now you have been reconciled. God reconciled you by giving up to death the body of Christ, so that you may be without fault, holy and blameless before him. Only stand firm, upon the foundation of our faith, and be steadfast in hope. Keep in mind the Gospel you have heard. . .

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."

In the first reading Paul reminds all that salvation has come to us through the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. The challenge for us is to keep and live the faith we have received.

In the Gospel reading we see Jesus in controversy with the Pharisees on the proper observance of the Sabbath: walking through cornfields his disciples were picking and eating grain, something not allowed during the Sabbath.

Jesus sort of excuses the behavior of the disciples, citing how David and his men ate bread for the priests, but not for others.

There would be other occasions when Jesus was criticized for violating the Sabbath by doing cures. Jesus explained that charity and doing good to others were more important than so many Sabbath prohibitions. He declared that "the Son of Man was Lord and ruled over the Sabbath."

Today, how do we keep the Sabbath, Sunday for most of the world? The Sabbath law was instituted to give mankind an occasion for rest, reflection and rejoicing in God, in one another and in mankind. We are to participate in the Sunday liturgy with the Christian community. How else could we have rest and reflection during Sundays? Jesus showed how the Sabbath was kept and how Sabbath observance should strengthen people's faith and be helpful in their good deeds

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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