Saturday 3 September 2022

About Today Readings

St Gregory the Great

1 Corinthians 4:6-15. The Lord is near to all who call him – Psalm 144(145):17-21. Luke 6:1-5.

Humans need to be at the centre of our thinking

There’s something earthy about the fact that Jesus ‘happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields’. Those words, ‘happened to be’, evoke something whimsical, they pick up the idea that we humans sometimes find ourselves engaged in activity without too much thought. Jesus out for a walk, his disciples picking ears of corn. The setting is relaxed and convivial.

The questioning of the Pharisees jars with this scene. They want to know why the rubrics are not being applied. Jesus references a story about David, who took the sacrifice meant for God and consumed it with his people who were starving. In this way Jesus suggests that the human person needs to be put at the centre of our thinking about rituals and traditions. He does not demur on the importance of the Sabbath but places it in the context of God’s desire for our flourishing.

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