Friday 20 July 2018

About Today Readings

Day of Penance.

Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8. Isaiah 38:10-12, 16. Matthew 12:1-8.

You saved my life, O Lord, I shall not die—Isaiah 38:10-12, 16.

‘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 this 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 master of the Sabbath.

Lord, make me an agent of your mercy. Lead me to patience and care for the other before my eyes. Give me an experience of your compassion such that I pour forth love for people.

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