The Sabbath was made for man

Published January 18, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Reflections today

In his encounter with the Pharisees, Jesus reminds his detractors that the Law was given for the benefit of human beings. The mentality of expanding the Law to the detriment of practicality has to be corrected. That is why Jesus gives the example of David, the revered king of Israel. Furthermore, Jesus claims that he is lord even of the Sabbath; he has authority over it.
When we insist on the application of the law to the letter, we can forget the spirit of the law, why it was written in the first place. The advantage of a just law should always be for the common good, and for the benefit of humankind. Jesus proclaims freedom from fear, burden, and incumbrance which are caused by undue and impractical attachment to legalism.

Gospel • MARK 2:23-28

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. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? 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?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. 28That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

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