The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath…

Peace be with you !

Todays Gospel is from Mark ( Mk 2:23-28 ).    In this passage Jesus and the disciples are walking through a field of grain.  The disciples are making a path, and picking the wheat from the top of the stalks they are clearing.  The Pharisees who are looking onward seem to believe that they are working which would not be permitted on the sabbath.  They question Jesus about the actions of the disciples and Jesus proceeds to set them straight.  He teaches them a story of  King David and how he went into the temple and ate of the bread that only the priests could lawfully eat, and he gave the same bread to his companions to eat because they were hungry.    He tells them this is because  the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.

Great.. so what does that mean exactly ?  Well, it means that God created the sabbath so that man would have the opportunity to worship, to spend time with God, to remind us to take time out to be thankful for the things we have and to pray for the things we need.   Mostly to grow in love, and wisdom.    To have time to talk with God and to take the time to listen to what he wants us to do and to know.

It also means that there are exceptions to the rule.   The law said that David and his friends could not eat of the bread in the temple, but the priest  gave it to them anyway because they were so hungry.    The same things apply today.  There are rules, and laws, but Christ came to break the rule of LAWS and establish the rule of LOVE.    The spirit of the law, not the letter of the law.     We all have rules, social and otherwise that may be good for us, but we must learn to judge for ourselves, where love should previal and the rule put aside.

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