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Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 2:23-28): As he 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?” As he 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?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, Jesus rejects 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 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?