A reading from the gospel according to Mark 2:23-28:
23 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.
24 At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
25 He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
26 How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?”
27 Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
28 That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
Reflection: The Sabbath was made for man.
The Sabbath or Sunday is a day reserved for worship. It is a special day to remember the Lord of creation and how He loved and saved us. It is also a particular day to rest after six days of working, studying or doing recreation. Now, who would not want to rest? In other words, Jesus is correct. Sabbath was made to benefit man, and not the other way.
Why would it be unlawful to look for food on Sabbath when one is hungry? Sometimes, when one has a closed mind, he is bound to say or ask foolish things. Yet, we don’t want to label the Pharisees as stupid. They were just too religious as to become out of touch with reason. To them, observing the law is paramount. Never mind if it has become oppressive or heartless. Or perhaps, they just want to look for something to pin down the Lord. Jesus was not one of them and He does not compromise. Nor does he observe the law blindly as they do.
Let not the Sabbath or Sunday be a burden to us. No one should ever say to worship or to rest every Sunday is a waste of time. On the other hand, no one should use or abuse the Day of Worship as an excuse to run away from doing an unavoidable work like bringing a sick person to hospital or saving a fallen animal (Matthew 12:11). After all, we worship God, not only on Sundays but every day and in all that we do.