Saturday 7 September 2019

About Today Readings

Colossians 1:21-23. Psalm 53(54):3-4, 6, 8. Luke 6:1-5.
God himself is my help – Psalm 53(54):3-4, 6, 8
‘The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath’

The first reading tells us not to shift in hope. This is not easy in a world that seems to have more stories of sadness and suffering than ever. The psalm celebrates the offering of oneself. Actions that arise from genuine love are more pleasing to God than those done out of obligation and duty.

In the Gospel, the Pharisees are upset that Jesus does not seem to be concerned with the letter of the law. For if a given rule does not nurture us towards growth and life, is it worth abiding? Consider: do I stand in self-righteous judgment when others make trivial transgressions? Do I acknowledge that everyone has basic needs that they are entitled to meet? Whose interests does a given rule protect? Does it lead to justice and peace?

May we attend to the movement of the Spirit, the inner law of love in our hearts.

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