Friday 17 July 2020

About Today Readings

Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8. You saved my life, O Lord, I shall not die – Isaiah 38:10-12, 16. Matthew 12:1-8.

‘What I want is mercy, not sacrifice’

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees see Jesus’ hungry disciples picking and eating ears of corn on the Sabbath.

The Pharisees tell Jesus that it is forbidden, but Jesus reminds them of occasions in the Scriptures where God’s people break the Sabbath due to necessity without blame. Again, the Pharisees’ rigid interpretation of the law leaves no room for mercy. Jesus shows the Pharisees the better path, reminding them that he is the Son of Man who is master of the Sabbath.

Lord, I pray that I am an agent of your mercy.

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