Saturday 5th September- Saturday of week 22 of the year
THE SON OF MAN IS LORD OF THE SABBATH
What 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 the week’s work to a halt and to provide needed rest and refreshment. Jesus’ disciples were 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. Jesus also quoted of the Sabbath work involved in worship in the Temple. This kind of work was usually double the work of worship on weekdays. Do you honor the Lord in the way you treat your neighbor and celebrate the Lord’s Day? Let us then always keep this day holy not by attending Mass only but also by been holy just like Jesus who is the Lord of sabbath is.
PRAYER: Lord, may I honor you in my work and in my rest and treat my neighbor with respect and kindness. Keep me free from a critical and intolerant spirit that I may seek the good of my neighbor in all situations. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2173– The Gospel reports many incidents when Jesus was accused of violating the Sabbath law. But Jesus never fails to respect the holiness of this day. He gives this law its authentic and authoritative interpretation: “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.” With compassion, Christ declares the sabbath for doing good rather than harm, for saving life rather than killing. “The Sabbath is the day of the Lord of mercies and a day to honour God…”
HIDE A TREASURE: “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy” Exodus 20:8 GNB
Today’s Readings: Col 1:21-23; Ps 54:3-4.6.8; Lk 6:1-5