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Mark 2:23-28

One sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions." Then he said to them, "The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."

Mark 2:23-28
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    • Jesus knew the history of his people was not constrained by it. He used the gift of his imagination and the insight of his prayer to bring light from the past.
    • Were the Pharisees satisfied with his answer? Probably not. I ask for the wisdom I need to let Jesus' words find home in my heart.
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    • The sabbath is for our good. When we assemble on that day we meet God in many ways. We encounter God in the community itself, in sharing the Great Story of salvation, and in the meal prepared by God. Our souls are given the chance to catch up, and we go back to our tasks refreshed.
    • Lord, you ask us to show that you are alive by being truly alive ourselves. We are to be ‘the Good News in the present tense’. This is privilege and task.
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    • Controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees rustles through the pages of Mark’s Gospel. Jesus comes fearlessly and immediately to the defence of his hungry disciples. Human need supersedes the ritual demands of the Sabbath.
    • Forgiveness, mercy, and compassion are at the heart of true religion. Without these all the rest is heartless and an empty performance. Lord, would others see me as a truly religious person?
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    • The Pharisees were skilful at pointing out deficiencies in others. Before God I review my thoughts and words to take care but I do not measure the world by my own small scale.
    • Jesus calls me to live in responsible freedom, being neither slavish nor careless. As I ask God to guide me, I give thanks as I realise that I am already guided by God.
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    • The Pharisees were skillful at pointing out deficiencies in others. Before God I review my thoughts and words to take care but I do not measure the world by my own small scale.
    • Jesus calls me to live in responsible freedom, being neither slavish nor careless. As I ask God to guide me, I give thanks as I realise that I am already guided by God.