Matthew 12: 1-8
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 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."
Introductory Prayer: Almighty and ever-living God,
I seek new strength from the courage of Christ our
shepherd. I believe in you, I hope in you, and
I seek to love you with all my heart, all
my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. I
want to be led one day to join the saints
in heaven, where your Son Jesus Christ lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and
Petition: Help me to
make every Sunday a special day for me and my
1. Eating on the
Go? It was the Sabbath, a day of rest. The
disciples had had a difficult and busy week, and they
were hungry. Jesus allowed them to look for food in
the fields. This could have discouraged them, not having a
meal waiting for them. But they were accustomed to hardship.
They were busy and had much to do. There was
little free time. Christ was busy on weekends; his mission
didn’t stop. The disciples were united with Jesus, participating in
his mission. This made all their sacrifices worthwhile and easier
to cope with. When we trust in and unite ourselves
with Christ, we can be patient and at peace in
the midst of trials.
Confrontation: The Sabbath was established in order for the Jewish
people to remember and reflect on their special covenant relationship
with God. He had delivered them from slavery and given
them rest. The Pharisees, however, focused on “what you can’t
do” and failed to see “what you should do.” On
Sundays, we should focus more on what we should do
in order to worthily receive Christ. Then secondary things will
not distract us from what is essential. God has a
special relationship with us. He has delivered us from slavery.
He continues to love us and asks that we love
him and others with all our heart. On Sundays, do
I recall my covenant relationship with Our Lord? Am I
mindful and grateful for all the good things he has
done and continues to do for me? Does God take
first place for me on Sundays?
3. Sunday Service/Service on Sunday: Christ instructed his disciples
about his mission. They grew to understand, appreciate and live
it. He taught them to participate at the Sabbath service
with fervor, but also to be open to any needs
others might have, even on the Sabbath. It is lawful
to do good any day of the week, especially the
Lord’s Day. Christ cured the man with the withered hand
on the Sabbath, fed his disciples on the Sabbath, and
cured another woman with a bent back on the Sabbath.
Charity will inspire us to do good to others even
on a Sunday. “Sunday service” and “Service-on-Sunday” go together. Do
I ever dedicate my Sundays, or part of them, to
bring rest to those who are most in need? What
can I do to help the poor and marginalized on
that day? How can I instill this spirit of service
in my children?
Conversation with Christ:
You long to share your Word and Body with me
at Sunday Mass and at every Mass I can attend
during the week. May I always have a hunger for
this encounter with your love and friendship. May I serve
others with the same charity and love as you serve
me. May Sunday be the most important day of the
week for me and my family.
Resolution: I will organize this coming Sunday to be
a day of worship and rest. I will try to
do good to someone this Sunday, and I will help
someone come back to Sunday Mass attendance.