Unlawful

January 18, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” (Mark 2:23-28)

UNLAWFUL: In the Gospel, the Pharisee sees only as a human. He sees only the disciples’ actions and attempts to condemn them on that ground alone, without looking into their hearts. This earns him Jesus’ famous rebuke that “the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.”

With this sentence, Jesus answers the warning from the Old Testament that I find so unsettling. He knows that we are flawed, that we make mistakes, that we sometimes have unholy intentions – but Jesus waits there to save us nonetheless. Salvation lies there as a gift for us to accept. None of us is truly worthy (even the great king David was a deeply flawed human being, and many of the Psalms are surely anthems to his regrets for his sins), but Jesus waits for us patiently with his hand extended, waiting for us to take it.

Source of today’s reflection: https://dspace2.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/51222

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