Another great scene from today’s Gospel. Jesus is walking through a field of grain with his closest friends and I imagine they were laughing, joking, and talking about the towns they had just visited. As they walked along they snacked on the ripe grain, for they were hungry. Christ was so proud of these men and filled with love for them who would become the pillars of his church. The last thing on his mind was the fact they were doing this on the sabbath. His thoughts were very distant from the pettiness of the Pharisaical law. By contrast, Jesus’ law is the new law of love.
In fact the apostles were not scolded by the Scribes and Pharisees for eating the grain. Rather it was because they did it on the sabbath. Their zeal for ritual observance of the law blinded them from the higher demands of charity. Charity demands we feed the hungry, heal the sick, visit the lonely and love those especially in need of God’s love. That demand is every day, not just six days a week.
So let us ask the Holy Spirit today to let us see as God sees and love as God loves. Always and everywhere !
St. Joseph, pray for us ！
DeColores, Deacon Doug