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Liturgical day: Friday 15th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 12,1-8): «If you really knew the meaning of the words: ‘It is mercy I want, not sacrifice’, you would not have condemned the innocent. Besides the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath». It happened that Jesus walked through the wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and began to pick some heads of wheat and crush them to eat the grain. When the Pharisees noticed this, they said to Jesus, «Look at your disciples; they are doing what is prohibited on the Sabbath!». Jesus answered, «Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God, and they ate the bread offered to God, although neither he nor his men had the right to eat it, but only the priests. And have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath rest, yet they are not guilty? I tell you, there is greater than the Temple here. If you really knew the meaning of the words: ‘It is mercy I want, not sacrifice’, you would not have condemned the innocent. Besides the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we have to endure again the scolding of some Pharisees. Jesus and His disciples were going through a sowed field. Maybe it was midday and they were hungry. They began to eat ears of corn. Normal, right? Some people started to criticize them. The problem was not to eat those ears, the problem was that it was Saturday ... and on Saturday, according to them, it was not lawful to uproot ears (?).

-If we do not pray, we position ourselves in the place of God, we invent laws and, instead of behaving with mercy, we begin to persecute the "innocents who do not think like me."