18th of January

Publié le 17 Janvier 2022

Gospel text

(Mk 2:23-28): 

 

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.”

 

The Application

 

How can we apply this gospel in our daily lives? First, I invite you to examine your personal decisions. What is the basis of our decisions, the law or the divine will? The way people look at you or the way of God? Society or man? For Jesus, the will of his Father was the foundation of his Word and his actions. If man learns to honour this divine will, for himself and also for others, he will be happy and joyful, because God will accompany him until the end of his life. In difficult moments of life, Samuel learned to trust God and God did accompany him and protected him from the king. The same God will certainly accompany us and protect us.

 

Action of the day: Let God’s will be the force of your day.

 

 

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:

 

The Lord of the Sabbath,

by John Chrysostom, 547-407 A.D.

 

"Doubtless he speaks of himself when he mentions the 'Lord of the sabbath' (Mark 2:28, Matthew 12:8, Luke 6:5). Mark relates a complementary saying about our common human nature, that "the sabbath was made for humans, not humans for the sabbath" (Mark 2:27). Why then should someone who gathered sticks on the sabbath be censured? The law that was established earlier could not be scorned without jeopardizing the law to be given later.
"The sabbath did confer many benefits, great blessings in the earlier dispensation. It made people more gentle toward those close to them. It guided them toward being more sympathetic. It located them temporally within God's creation and providence, as Ezekiel knew (Ezekiel 20:19-20). The sabbath trained Israel by degrees to abstain from evil and disposed them to listen to the things of the Spirit.
"They would have stretched the law out of shape if, when he was giving the law of the sabbath, Jesus had said, 'You can work on the sabbath, but just do good works, do nothing evil.' This would have brought out the worst in them. So he restrained them from doing any works at all on the sabbath. And even this stricter prohibition did not keep them in line. But he himself, in the very act of giving the law of the sabbath, gave them a veiled sign of things to come. For by saying, 'You must do no work, except what shall be done for your life' (Exodus 12:16), he indicated that the intent of the law was to have them refrain from evil works only, not all works. Even in the temple, much went on during the sabbath, and with great diligence and double toil. Thus even by this very shadowy saying Jesus was secretly opening the truth to them. Did Christ then attempt to repeal a law so beneficial as the sabbath law? Far from it. Rather, he greatly magnified the sabbath. For with Christ came the time for everyone to be trained by a higher requirement."
(excerpt from THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, HOMILY 39.3)

 

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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