In today’s scripture, Jesus allows us to see as God sees by putting us in the shoes of David. David knew the breadth and depth of God’s love, so through him, we can observe the hardened hearts of men. Undoubtedly, our anointing as future “David’s” means we must prioritize mercy and compassion for our neighbor. One of the requests Jesus asks is that we paint well outside the lines of comfort. Satisfying hunger should be more apparent on Sabbath when Christ is at the top of our hearts, mind, and soul.
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Mark 2:23-28 – Scripture*
Pronouncement about the Sabbath
23 One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26 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.” 27 Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28 so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Mark 2:23-28 Reflection – See as God Sees.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Mark 2 passage.