September 3 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection

9/3/2022 (Saturday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 6:1-5

1 While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
2 Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
3 Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry?
4 How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
5 Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

9/3/2022 (Saturday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 6:1-5

There is no question that in the Old Testament, the law of Moses included the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy. So the question really is how do we make it holy? In the gospel reading above, the Pharisees asked why Jesus’ disciples were doing something unlawful on a Sabbath day. To them, to gather food and eat on a Sabbath is unlawful and therefore unholy. Jesus responded by citing the incident in 1 Samuel 21 where King David and his companions ate the bread reserved for priests. Furthermore, Jesus claimed that He is the Lord of the Sabbath.

Nowadays, some people need to work on Sundays or Saturdays. However, religious activities are available on any other day of the week. Moreover, churches and other houses of prayer are present almost everywhere even in some airports. And there is the internet! We can join religious services online wherever we are. Thus, there is absolutely no reason why we can’t do our religious obligations every day of the week.

The gospel reading above is more about holiness than just being religious. After all, the greatest commandment is love and love is the essence of holiness. If we truly love God, we will worship Him and make Him Lord and King of every moment and aspect of our life. If we truly love others, we will stop being too critical of their actions like the Pharisees and instead, show compassion especially to the hungry.

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