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Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 12,1-8): "If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Jesus was going through a field of grain on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat?

Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent? I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For 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."