Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 21, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath." (Mark 2:27)
Our readings today express the same general theme as others which follow the
Nativity, that Christ is the Son of God Who has been given full authority
over all by His heavenly Father. Jesus makes known to the world, God's
desire to be reconciled with a humanity dead to Him because of sin and to
give it new life through His Messiah. The epistle to the Hebrews tells them
to hold fast to their hope for salvation, eternal life, make it their anchor
and not grow lax or weary in their pursuit of living in God's Word and in
doing good works. Christ is high priest forever, for it was He, through His
sacrificial death for us, that allowed Him to penetrate the veil, enter the
"Holy of Holies" on our behalf. God's promise is immutable, and we must
patiently await its fulfillment with faith and hope.
The Gospel reading deals with the problem of transition from the old to the
new, from a religion that worshipped the Law with all its man-made nuances
more than it did the God Who authored the Law. In the process of their
elaborating on the many aspects of the sabbath rules, they had eliminated
what lay at the core: God's love and compassion for His people in need. The
religious authorities, who were looking for ways to denigrate Jesus, were
scandalized that He permitted His disciples to break the Sabbath, a day
which prohibited labor of any sort, by their picking ears of corn to eat.
Jesus further angered the Pharisees by justifying His action, implying that
His authority exceeds that of King David who with his companions satisfied
their hunger by entering the house of God and eating the bread of offering
that only priests could lawfully eat.
teach us to temper our thoughts about others
with Your kindness,
that we may not judge them
through our rigid and harsh attitudes.
- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (email@example.com)
St. Agnes, virgin and martyr
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