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Tuesday, 01 September 2009 17:45

J esus, the Son of David, and the Son of Man, a title for the Messiah, declares that he is "Lord of the Sabbath." Jesus healed on the Sabbath and he showed mercy to those in need. All who are burdened can find true rest and refreshment in him. Do you seek rest and refreshment in the Lord and in the celebration of the Lord's Day?

 

Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Colossians 1:21-23

Psalm 54:3-4, 6 and 8

L uke 6:1-5 On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. (2) But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?" (3) And Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: (4) how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?" (5) And he said to them, "The Son of man is lord of the Sabbath."

 

Meditation by Don Schwager

W hat does the commandment "keep holy the Sabbath" require of us? Or better yet, what is the primary intention behind this command? The religious leaders confronted Jesus on this issue. The "Sabbath rest" was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God's goodness and the goodness of his work, both in creation and redemption. It was a day set apart for the praise of God, his work of creation, and his saving actions on our behalf. It was intended to bring everyday work to a halt and to provide needed rest and refreshment.


Jesus' disciples are scolded by the scribes and Pharisees, not for plucking and eating corn from the fields, but for doing so on the Sabbath. In defending his disciples, Jesus argues from the scriptures that human need has precedence over ritual custom. In their hunger, David and his men ate of the holy bread offered in the
Temple (1 Samuel 21:2-7). On every Sabbath morning twelves loaves were laid before God on a golden table in the Holy Place. Each loaf represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel. No one was allowed to eat this bread except the priests because it represented the very presence of God. David understood that human need took precedence over rules and ritual regulations.

 

Why didn't the Pharisees recognize the claims of mercy over rules and regulations? Their zeal for ritual observance blinded them from the demands of charity. Jesus' reference to the bread of the Presence alludes to the true bread from heaven which he offers to all who believe in him. Jesus, the Son of David, and the Son of Man, a title for the Messiah, declares that he is "Lord of the Sabbath." Jesus healed on the Sabbath and he showed mercy to those in need. All who are burdened can find true rest and refreshment in him. Do you seek rest and refreshment in the Lord and in the celebration of the Lord's Day?

 

"Lord Jesus, you refresh us with your presence and you sustain us with your life-giving word. Show me how to lift the burden of others, especially those who lack the basic necessities of life, and to refresh them with humble care and service."

 

 

Supplementary Reading

NoT A DRoP

 

. . . the Lord swept the sea with a strong east wind throughout the night and so turned it into dry land . . . – Exodus 14:21

 

It was the culminating activity of a Life in the Spirit Seminar for the youth of Mayapa, Laguna. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was held at the football field. We were all prepared for the event. What we didn’t prepare for was to see one of the grandest miracles of our lives.

Fr. Beng, our co-team leader, had just finished saying prayers when we heard a booming sound coming from a distance. The team looked around confused. The thunderous roar kept growing louder until we realized it was the sound of approaching rain.

Suddenly, we panicked. A hundred plus participants deep in the Lord’s presence were seconds away from being drenched. What were we to do? By divine inspiration, a pair of arms raised towards the direction of the rain, as if to prevent the downpour from coming our way. One after another, we raised our hands and claimed in faith that the rain would stop.

Then right before our eyes, the approaching rain literally parted, going to the left and right sides of the field. There was heavy downpour everywhere except where we were. And not one drop of rain landed on that field during the baptism that day. What wonders the Lord has done! Lallaine Gogna

 

REFLECTION:

Are my eyes open to God’s big and small miracles every day?

Let me see how You wonderfully move in all the areas of my life, Lord. You are the God of wonder!




GOD BLESS US ALL!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 
 
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