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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE(Mk 2:23-28; Douay-Rheims Bible)

“And it came to pass again, as the Lord walked through the corn fields on the sabbath, that His disciples began to go forward and to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said to Him: Behold, why do they, on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? And He said to them: Have you never read what David did when he had need and was hungry himself, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God, under Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the loaves of proposition, which was not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave to them who were with him? And He said to them: The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath also.”

‭‭ My dearest beloved brethren, during the Biblical periods, the Sabbath was a day people should use to catch some rest after the week's hard work, and also a day they use to have some good spiritual time with God, to thank God for all His blessings and love.

But as time went on, Church authorities started introducing so many unnecessary laws and regulations for people to observe on the Sabbath, to the point that the purpose of the Sabbath was gradually being defeated.

We can identify such authoritative leaders in our present-day societies and places of worship. Many people, because they occupy leadership positions introduce their own rules which sometimes are not acceptable to their subordinates and such harsh rules cause uneasiness, tension, and disagreements.

I pray Lord to grant us the grace of making people comfortable to serve God and the grace of not stepping on their God-given freedom to interact with God at Will, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Forgiveness, mercy, love, peacemaking, and compassion are some of the great qualities that you possess and they’re qualities of a true and faithful child of God, dear God’s people.

The Pharisees frowned upon the disciples of Jesus for plucking the ears of the corn on a Sabbath, a behavior which they the Pharisees considered unlawful. But Jesus comes in defense of his hungry disciples. Jesus made it clear that human needs supersede the ritual demands of the Sabbath. When Jesus said to the Pharisees that “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath,” (Mk‬ ‭2‬:‭27‬), Jesus was taking the stand that no one should starve to death because of Sabbath rituals and laws.

Forgiveness, mercy, compassion, love, peace-loving, and peace-making are at the hearts of true children of God and religious groups and people. Without these, all the rest is heartless, wicked, and a vacuum.

Lord, please give us the Grace and the willingness to be Your true children today and every day of our lives, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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