Friday 19 July 2019

About Today Readings

Day of Penance
Exodus 11:10 – 12:14. Psalm 115(116):12-13, 15-18. Matthew 12:1-8.
I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord – Psalm 115(116):12-13, 15-18
‘Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.’

In today’s gospel we are reminded that it is easy to get stuck on the rules and lose sight of the deeper meaning behind religious customs and traditions. The Sabbath was meant to be, among other things, a day of rest and remembrance. Over time, rigid interpretations of the Law saw Sabbath observance become constricted by regulations proscribing work of any kind. These rigid interpretations still exist today.

Jesus’ reaction to the Pharisees is a liberating reminder that the Lord of the Sabbath always invites us to greater freedom. He calls us to let go of the conceptions of reality and frames on experience which hold us back from fullness of life. In his presence, he encourages us to remove the blocks of mind and heart which get in the way. In an age of obsessions and compulsions, such an invitation is good news indeed!

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