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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Today's Gospel: January 17, 2006
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January 17, 2006
Tuesday in the Second Week of Ordinary Time
Feastday of St. Anthony, abbot

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.” Mk 2:23-28

I love the last line of how God is God even on the Sabbath. It always reminds me that the laws of man are under God's laws and each of our laws should honor Him as our king. We all belong to various nations and cultures; patriotism should be encourage. But, we are above all Catholic, which literal means "universal"; we are united in Baptism into the Body of Christ - something much greater. We are all created in God's own image and likeness and redeemed by His Blood. We must all honor this sacred day.

I think it is also wise to bring up now the importance of observing the Sabbath - Sunday Mass. It is the 3rd Commandment (Ex 31:15). Read the Catechism's passages on the Sabbath.

Paragraph 2173 from the CCC:

"The Gospel reports many incidents when Jesus was accused of violating the sabbath law. But Jesus never fails to respect the holiness of this day. He gives this law its authentic and authoritative interpretation: "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath." With compassion, Christ declares the sabbath for doing good rather than harm, for saving life rather than killing. The sabbath is the day of the Lord of mercies and a day to honor God. "The Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."

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