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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tuesday 21st January 2014: Inspirations from the Gospel (Mk 2:23-28)

Tuesday 21st January 2014: Inspirations from the Gospel (Mk 2:23-28)

In the gospel reading, the Pharisees were scandalized to see Jesus’ disciples pluck grains on a Sabbath and they came to confront Jesus. In their encounter with Jesus, Jesus justified the action of his disciples and made it clear to them that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. He also told them that the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath.

There are two lessons we can draw from this passage today. The first is that religious laws should not prevent us from performing acts of charity whether to ourselves or to others especially when the recipient is in serious need. Since only the living can praise God, we have to take care of ourselves first. For example, on our way to Church, we are obliged to assist a victim of accident first before going to Church. Secondly, that Christ justified the action of his disciples is not a reason to justify ourselves when we breach the law. For example, we cannot steal items dedicated to the Church because we are hungry neither do we try to justify ourselves when we fail in our religious obligations through our own faults. Therefore, as you go about your endeavour today, be more concerned about the needs of your neighbor than about religious practices and observances.  

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