Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 3, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 6:1-5

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry? How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The gospel passage we read yesterday concerning Jesus’ dispute with the pharisees about fasting precedes the passage that we read today about working on the sabbath. This passage speaks to the disciples’ plucking grain on the sabbath so they could feed themselves. Jesus cites for the pharisees a case where David violated to the law to feed his men. Jesus is making the point that action that affirms life is always above legalisms. We believers can get tripped up in legal niceties and forget the spirit that hovers over all legislation, that is, the dignity of human life. Jesus, in the passage we receive today, calls us to the freedom of the baptized. Let us then embrace the liberation the Lord affords us by a concern for human life that supersedes the temptation of law.

MarinusSaint of the day: Born in fifth century Albe, Dalmatia, Marinus was a stonemason who worked at Monte Titano in modern San Marino. A layman preacher who converted many, he ministered to Christians who had been sentenced to quarry work as punishment for their faith. Ordained by Saint Gaudentius. Bishop of Rimini, Marinus became a deacon. Though he belonged to no order that required it, he was a confirmed, life-long bachelor. Falsely accused by an insane woman of Rimini of being her estranged husband, he fled to a cave on Monte Titano, and lived there as a hermit. The country of San Marino is named for him.

all_shall_be_well_largeSpiritual reading: Because of the tender love our good Lord has for all those who shall be saved, he gives comfort readily and sweetly, assuring us, “It is true that sin is the cause of all pain, but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” (Revelations of Divine Love by Dame Juliana of Norwich)

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