Posted: 18 Jul 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless? 6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.” Matt 12:1-8
Reflection: Whom did the fields belong to? If the owners had no objection to the disciples eating then why did the Pharisees have any objection?
Did the fields belong to the Pharisees that they had to raise such objections to Jesus’ disciples eating the heads of the grain?
Were they the custodians of the law that they had to tell Jesus what to do and what not?
From their attitude towards the law we arrive at the role of the law and its significance in society, so that we may not be like the Pharisees in our modern times.
The law broadly does two things:
1) It is supposed to teach us what is right and
2) It can presumably right a situation.
But the law is supposed to have come into existence because men have failed to know what is right and wrong or at least their actions seems to show their ignorance thereof.
On the other hand we could still have people who may break the law without knowing it and their actions may in no way absolve them from the consequence there of. Hence ignorance here is no bliss here!
Thus we can also conclude that the stringent law is meant to be a deterrent for people.
In it we are supposed to learn first the elements of right and wrong and if not, it is presumed that at least through the punishment it renders those who don’t follow it, people may learn from it and follow the law.
The problem arises when people looking at the effect of the law and its application, look at it only from a negative angle and fail to see the beauty of the law of God and our good in its existence.
Worse still, those who interpret it can render it worse, when they fail to realize the reason why a certain law is in existence.
Sometimes, governments and people could call forth a legislation, especially when they see a rare crime and this can give one the impression that it is the only way for mankind to live in peace and harmony but it makes things even worse.
Jesus clearly points it out to us that the few laws which God has given us is meant for our own good and that they are worth pondering and reflecting on.
Prayer: I am small and despised, yet I do not forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is righteous forever, and thy law is true. Trouble and anguish have come upon me, but thy commandments are my delight. Ps 119:141-143
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