Friday 21 July 2017

About Today Readings

St Lawrence of Brindisi. 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.

‘Here is something greater than the Temple.’

Jesus responds to the accusation of breaking the law on the Sabbath. Some may remember a time when they felt guilty about doing too much work in the garden on Sundays but really knew that gardening is a pleasure and a way of praising God.

These Pharisees try to trap Jesus but with some examples he makes it clear that it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Jesus puts human needs above the letter of the law. Hence he defends the disciples who took some grain when hungry and later cures a man with a withered hand. Both incidents happened on the Sabbath and reflection on them can draw us closer to God who delights to be with us. We reflect and pray.

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