Serving the Word: 18th January

TUESDAY 18th JANUARY 2022

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  a person.

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 nationality they are.We all have our own little rules that sometimes prevent us from giving ourselves totally to others and our positive relationship with them.

Personal rules that make us judge others, that prevent us from leaving our pleasant tranquillity, 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 a compassionate and merciful heart like his, so that your brother and sister may be in it first and foremost, and not incomprehension and intransigence.

Good day.

Antonio Sanjuán Marín, cmf

 

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