Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reflection: Mark 2:23-28

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 2:23-28

In this Gospel reading Jesus and his disciples were walking through a field of grain on the Sabbath.  As they were walking along, some of his disciples unconsciously picked some of the grain.  As always, the Pharisees were watching Jesus.  When the Pharisees realized that the disciples were picking grain on the Sabbath, they approached Jesus and said, “Look at what your disciples are doing!  They are picking grain.” (No work was to be done on the Sabbath.)

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was hungry?”  Jesus continues, “He went into the house of God, ate the bread of offering that only the priests were to eat.  And he shared the bread with his companions.”  Then Jesus clearly states, “The Sabbath was made for human beings, not human beings for the Sabbath! 

In today’s world, I suspect that there are many people who do not appreciate the gift of the Sabbath.  On Sunday (our Sabbath day), we may or may not go to church.  We may work even though it is the Lord’s Day.  For many people, on Sundays, God and Jesus simply may not be on their radar screen.   The wondrous reality is that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit bless us abundantly each and every day.  Yet, often we do not acknowledge and thank God for the many blessings we have received. 
Ask yourself:  Do I make the time to worship and pray to God, Jesus, and the Spirit on Sunday or do you simply take my many blessings for granted?

When next Sunday rolls around I invite you to set aside 15-30 minutes to spend with Jesus.  Jesus blesses us abundantly every day.  I know that I often fail to thank Him for the gifts and graces He has bestowed on me.  Jesus does not ask for a lot.  He simply desires some face time with us.  The question is:  will we give Jesus 10-30 minutes of our time and attention each day?  I pray we will! 

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