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Daily Prayer 2013-01-22
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Mankind in Dire Need
| SPIRITUAL LIFE
Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Father Walter Schu, LC
As Jesus 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."
Lord, the most important moment of my day has arrived.
I am alone with you for a heart-to-heart talk.
Who am I that you should want to spend
this time with me; that you should want to pour
yourself out to me? What a joy, what an
honor, what a glory to be the follower of a
king like you!
Petition: Lord, help me
to pray for and serve those who persecute me and
to win them over to the Gospel through love,
just like you did.
1. “Unlawful on the
Sabbath”:How dire was mankind’s need for a Savior! The
Jews were God’s chosen people; they had received God’s
own revelation in the Old Testament. The Pharisees were the
religious leaders of the Jewish people. Yet they buried
God’s law so deeply beneath layers of man-made precepts
that hungry men were not allowed to pick grain
in order to eat on the Sabbath. The law had
become an end in itself and had taken precedence
over persons in need. How could mankind ever be led
safely along the true path to salvation without becoming
hopelessly entangled in the thickets of false rituals and
arbitrary precepts? The Son of God, the Eternal Word
of the Father, humbled himself to become the Son of
Man in order to bring us the fullness of
truth. But Christ did much more than bring us the
fullness of God’s revelation. He gave us the strength,
through his own life of grace within us, to
live out that truth in our lives. Am I sufficiently
tapped into that source of grace in my life?
2. Seeking to Win over Enemies: If
we were in Christ’s place, what would have been our
reaction to the Pharisees? Perhaps we would have yielded
to their imposing presence. Maybe we would have summoned
up our courage and dismissed their intransigence without even deigning
to reply. Christ reveals both his fearlessness and his
goodness of heart by seeking to win them over.
He quotes the Scriptures that they believe in and cites
1 Samuel 21:1-6. David and his men, fleeing from
Saul, eat the holy bread of the Presence: twelve
loaves placed each morning on the table in the sanctuary,
as homage to the Lord from the twelve tribes
of Israel. When they were withdrawn to make room
for fresh ones, these loaves were reserved for the Levitical
priests. Christ seeks to reveal to the Pharisees, in
a way they can accept, that they have gone
astray from true religion, in which love of God and
neighbor takes precedence over following rules. Christ sums up
the nature of true religion and points out the
Pharisees’ error in one sublime sentence: “The sabbath was
made for man, not man for the sabbath.” Do I
perceive the burden Christ has given me as light?
That is what he intends and promises. If I do
not, why not?
3. Lord of the Sabbath:
Christ does not stop with revealing the nature and
purpose of true religion. He makes a bold proclamation,
one which must have stunned the Pharisees, and perhaps even
widened the eyes of his own disciples: “The Son
of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” Christ
declares in no uncertain terms that his authority is equal
to that of God himself, who instituted the Sabbath
at the dawn of man’s creation. Christ wants from
the Pharisees nothing less than an act of faith in
his own divine person. His heart longs to save
them. Christ yearns to bring to salvation everyone he
encounters, including his enemies. Does my own zeal for
souls bring me to reflect something of Christ’s courage and
love when I am faced with opposition? Do I
desire and seek what is good for everyone regardless
of their attitude towards me?
Conversation with Christ:
Thank you, Lord, for becoming a man to save us
in our dire need for you. Thank you for
loving even your enemies and seeking to win them over
to your new life. Help me to love more
like you did. Help me to realize the value
of a single soul.
Resolution: I will pray and make
sacrifices for someone who is persecuting me or the
Church. Forgetting about myself, I will look for ways to
bring them to experience the love of Christ.
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