Posted by: livingscripture | September 7, 2013

Twenty -second Saturday in Ordinary Time- DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR WORLD PEACE

From the Word of the Day

“The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

(Luke 6: 5)

             

How should we live this Word?temple 3

Today we have another vibrant scene. In an extensive field, the golden grains of wheat wave in the noonday sun.  Jesus’ disciples were probably feeling hunger pangs and they sought something to quiet them by taking grains and rubbing them in their hands.  However, in the formidable eyes of the Pharisees, this was blameworthy since it was the Sabbath Day.

We need to remember the Sabbath was an extremely important day for the Jewish people, a day that was sacred to the glory of God.  It was a blessed and holy day in which any form of work whatsoever was forbidden, even that of gathering some grains of wheat in the fields.  God’s Law was the expression of God’s will, a will that is always finalized to our good because we are infinitely loved by God.

Precisely for this reason, the Law is always for man and not man for the Law!  This is why King David himself did not observe it when he was hungry and consumed the bread in the Temple that only the priests could touch.  Thus, Jesus defends His disciples who were hungry and had gathered some grains of wheat even if it was the Sabbath.

In that day, Jesus found a way to order a mistaken scale of values, leading them to understand His true Messianic identity.  Yes, He was, is, and will be greater than the Sabbath and the Law.  He is the Lord not only of the Sabbath but of the entire universe.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I shall contemplate Jesus in His greatness and His wisdom and I will seek to enter into His vision of reality.

Thank You, Lord, for proclaiming who You are.  I entrust myself precisely to Your sovereignty of love.

The Voice of Pope Francis

Let us offer a world-wide day of prayer and fasting for world peace.

 

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