January 21, 2020
As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” (Mark 2:23-24)
In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees are questioning the actions of Jesus and His disciples on the Sabbath.
Jesus tries to tell them, in both word and action, “You’re getting so caught up in words, rules, and laws that you are missing the truth.”
What He wants them to hear is, “I heal the sick. I restore sight to the blind. I teach about love. I teach about serving others. And here you are, telling us we are breaking the law of the Sabbath because we picked some grain to eat? You are missing the point entirely!”
Jesus was certainly passionate about His cause. He was willing to suffer and die in order for us to get the message.
I leave you with a few questions and a challenge:
What are you passionate about? What injustice do you see that needs to be addressed? Who is suffering and needs you to be their voice?
What are you doing about it? If you act, there is a chance you could make a positive impact. If you don’t act, there is no chance.