Friday, July 20, 2007


Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry
and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions
but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”
Matthew 12:1-8


Dear Father we all work to some extent on the sabbath, whether it be making our meals or serving others in order to feed them. Your Priest serve us on the sabbath when we go to Mass and feed us the greatest gift of the Eucharist. Many do good works on the sabbath helping others, but many work for gain also. Jesus mentions that he desires mercy, not sacrifice and often we condemn what we do not always understand. Just as the Pharisees did to the disciples on the sabbath, they were ready to condemn because the law mentions it is unlawful. Dear Father you gave us your Son to have with us always on the sabbath, may we come to you through Him in the Eucharist. Amen

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