Lord of the Sabbath


JANUARY 19, 2021

Tuesday – Week Two

WORD of the DAY 

As he was passing through a field of grain on the Sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.  At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”  He said to them, “Have you never read what David did  when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?”  Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man,  not man for the Sabbath.   That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”   (Mark 2: 23-28)

How shall I live this Word?  

We are facing the fourth dispute between Jesus and the Pharisees presented in the Gospel of Mark.  Jesus does not want to justify but rather to make us glimpse, once again, the new logic that He has come to bring. It is no longer the logic of pure formality, of appearance, of external correctness, of the Law perverted into moralism. You are not a good person simply because you respect Saturday but because you really understand the value of Saturday. Rigidity in observance always hides some internal difficulty in the person himself, it is certainly not a gift of God. The Law of the Sabbath must be at the service of life and fraternity. This right perspective helps us not so much to transgress the law, the rules, the things we consider right, as to live them according to the liberating logic of the Gospel which places concrete human needs as the true criterion. This is what Jesus lived and preached.  Always and only at the service of Life, on the side of Life.

“I did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it”.

Lord Jesus, help me understand that walking in Your Law is not being rigid. Help me to put myself at the service of Life with goodness, meekness, benevolence.

The Voice of Laozi, Ancient Chinese Philosopher and Author

Flexibility triumphs over rigidity, weakness over power.  What is malleable is always superior to what is immovable.

FMA, Rome E-mail: srmterzo@gmail.com  Website: www.sanbiagio.org  info@sanbiagio.org  Blog: livingscripture.wordpress.com   Comment by Sr. Vilma Colombo, FMA

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