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Liturgical day: Tuesday 2nd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 2,23-28): One sabbath Jesus was walking through grainfields. As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of grain and crush them in their hands. Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, «Look! they are doing what is forbidden on the sabbath!». One sabbath Jesus was walking through grainfields. As his disciples walked along with him, they began to pick the heads of grain and crush them in their hands. Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, «Look! they are doing what is forbidden on the sabbath!». And He said to them, «Have you never read what David did in his time of need, when he and his men were very hungry? He went into the house of God when Abiathar was High Priest and ate the bread of offering, which only the priests are allowed to eat, and he also gave some to the men who were with him». Then Jesus said to them, «The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. So the Son of Man is master even of the sabbath».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, Jesus disregards that “rule abiding” religion once again. Religion is meant for adoring God and loving the Neighbour. The Pharisees that we see speaking to the Lord do not have love. They certainly abide by the prescriptions of the Sabbath, but do they really love? Here we can see them criticising the followers of Jesus simply because they do not take their prescribed rest, like they duly do.

— What could be the use of abiding by our religion duties, if I later do not care for my Neighbour? Can God feel glorified with my criticism?