Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 3, A.D. 2005
Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
We have such difficulty in balancing the law with common sense. Jewish
Sabbath laws were extremely strict, forbidding even the preparation of meals
or traveling beyond a few yards. Jesus' followers were hungry, yet the law
forbade them to pluck even a few strands of standing grain! When Jesus
allowed his disciples to do so, he incurred the fury of the Pharisees.
Jesus is invoking what many call "common sense" or balance. There is an old
saying which states "Virtus stat in medio" (Virtue follows a middle course).
How refreshing! "Pietism" which may be defined as a hypocritical attitude
toward religious practice, would set the rule "Thou shalt look good" as the
standard rule and guide. How offensive and insulting to our God who tells
us that a proper inner disposition of humility and reverence is the true
standard for all outward gesture.
Even in our own observance of Sunday rest, it is important for us always to
bring a heart that is at peace, intent on true re-creation of the whole
person. It should always include Eucharist, but a spirit of outreach to our
neighbor and time with our families as well. Whatever we do, should be done
in the spirit of charity, inclusivity, and true Christian joy. Joy comes
from gratitude to God who has graced us with a beautiful world and
opportunities for praise and reflection, activity as well as total
relaxation. If we keep all this in mind, then Jesus will be truly the
center and Lord of our Sabbath
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary time
St. Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church
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