“I SAY TO YOU, SOMETHING GREATER THAN THE TEMPLE IS HERE.” MT 12:1-8
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” MT 12:1-8
Jesus vs. the Law
Jesus reveals more about His identity today. Jesus has told the Pharisees before that He did not come to abolish the law but fulfill it. Today, Jesus tells them He has supreme authority over the law. The Pharisees choose not to believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God. He flat out tells them, “For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath”. He can’t make it any more clear. He reveals this to us today, too. So the choice remains in our hearts: be the Pharisee and not believe but criticize or open our hearts to Jesus and allow Him to transform us into saints.
And what is His desire for us? Mercy. ”Be merciful, as my Father is merciful”. Mercy does not make you weak but strong. We think that when we have mercy on others it makes us look weak. The opposite is true. Is God weak? He is all merciful. Without God and His mercy we would have no place to go, no purpose for living, nothing to seek or follow. Mercy is an unearned gift of God’s love for us through His Son, we just have to surrender and bask in it.
Today’s challenge: Make the difficult decision that you will be a disciple of Christ and not a Pharisee. Then, the most difficult task is to continue to try and live your life like a disciple of Christ, with His grace anything is possible. Continue to do your daily tasks which include following the 10 commandments. Jesus came to give us a model of living them out in the flesh instead of reading them on cold stone tablets.
Be a servant, become a saint!