Serving the Word: 17th January


Mark 2, 23-28:

“The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath”.


In the time of Jesus, the Jewish rules and laws had become so strict that they stifled the true life of man.

Rule for rule’s sake, without realising that the spirit of every law must be the defence of the dignity of the human person.

The precept of keeping the Sabbath had reached such an extreme that even saving a man’s life on the Sabbath was a transgression of the law.

Jesus teaches us the value of every human person whoever they are, whatever colour they are, whatever age they are and whatever country they are from.

We all have our own little standards that sometimes prevent us from giving ourselves totally to others.

Personal rules that make us judge others, that prevent us from leaving our comfortable quietness, that prevent us from generous and disinterested service to our brothers and sisters and, in short, rules that make us intransigent and uncomprehending towards others.

Once again, learn from Jesus today. Ask him for an understanding and merciful heart like his, so that in it, above all, there will be your brother and not incomprehension and intransigence.

Good day to you.

Antonio Sanjuan Cmf


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