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."
Today is Tuesday, the 21 January, in the Second Week of Ordinary Time.
'Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy-burdened; you shall find rest.' What are the labours that I am involved with as I try to pray today? What are the burdens I am carrying? As I enter into prayer, I take this moment to place all my concerns and all my burdens in God’s hands.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
Jesus says that the sabbath was made for us and not the other way around – he seems to be indicating that the Sabbath is there to meet human needs. How do you feel as you hear Jesus say this?
What needs do you bring to the God who offers you Sabbath? Where do you find rest, relaxation and refreshment?
Listen again as Jesus answers those who are trying to trip him up, and notice what stays with you.
Jesus, the lord of the Sabbath, invites you to receive the gift of Sabbath. Take a few moments to talk with Jesus about what this means in your life.