As Jesus 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 should we live this Word
The Sabbath is the Lord’s Day. Today’s passage presents Jesus to us as he passes through the sown fields. The image is an allusion to the Eucharist, in which the disciples eat and live of the Lord who has made Himself their bread.
To the Pharisees who criticize the actions of the disciples who “pick the heads of grain”, Jesus responds: “The Sabbath was made for man”. This does not mean that the Sabbath is abolished, but that every law, even the most sacred one of the Sabbath, is for the advantage of human beings. This is the Good News that Christ came to bring us with His incarnation. Now there is no longer a separation between sacred and profane, because everything that gives life is holy. Every gesture that brings peace, serenity, listening, and welcome becomes sacred because it gives praise to God through love for our brothers and sisters. They are the gestures of mercy that the actual Jubilee indicates as the journey of holiness.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask our Lord to help me find Him in my daily life, revealing His face to me in the daily routine with all its worries, joys, and desires.
Lord, that I may see You!
The Voice of Pope Francis
Let us open our hearts to see the miseries of the world, the wounds of so many sisters and brothers deprived of dignity. Let us feel provoked to hear their cry for help.