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Friday, July 15, 2005
A Reminder in the Gospel: Lord of the Sabbath

July 15, 2005
Friday in the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of St. Bonaventure
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)

My opinion on the reading:

I think this passage is quite memorable and brings some thoughts to mind that I feel should be expressed. First, I think this passage is instrumental in showing God's glory and power with the last line: "For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath," which shows the unending reign of our Lord. But it also brings to mind the fact that many people do view Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath for 1 hour and leave him behind in the pews and on the altar to go home and live another week without God. We need God in every aspect of our life, and we can only find God through prayer; that is the other way to know God. Prayer must be the cornerstone to daily living (Phil. 4:13) where we praise God and thank Him before we ever utter a petition.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2173 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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