“And he said unto them, The Son of man is lord of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5)
Here is the Gospel proclaimed to us today according to St. Luke 6:1-5.
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. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry?
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?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
One day, on a Sabbath in a hotel in Jerusalem, after having my breakfast, I wanted to go back to my room. At the time I wanted to use “Sabbath lift” of the hotel. I joined with some Jews there.
Spontaneously, I stretched forth my hand for touching with my finger the number of the floor in which my room was there. Suddenly, a Jews boy hit my hand saying, “No!”
Oh my God, I realized that I had a mistake. Then I asked my self, “What does the commandment keep holy the Sabbath require of me?” I did not know.
Now, we better can contemplate what is the primary intention behind this command? In the context of Jews, the Sabbath is meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God’s goodness and the goodness of His work, both in creation and redemption. It is a day set apart for the praise of God, His work of creation, and His saving actions on our behalf.
What can be contemplated now? Let’s consider the context of the gospel today. Some Pharisees criticized the disciples of Jesus whom picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them, said “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Here we can consider that Jesus’ answer referred to the bread of the Presence alludes to the true bread from heaven which He offers to all who believe in Him. He himself is the bread of life from heaven. Jesus Christ, the Son of David, and the Son of Man, the Messiah, declares that He is Lord of the Sabbath.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ who presences in the Blessed Sacrament. There, Jesus also heals us with His love and mercy. He always shows mercy to all of us in need. We are all burdened can find true rest and refreshment in His love and mercy. So let’s seek rest and refreshment in the Lord and in the celebration of the Eucharist and also in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You refresh us with your presence in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Even, You invite us to adore You in Perpetual Adoration. Help us to lift the burden of others, especially those who need the basic necessities of life. May we are able to refresh them with humble care and service, now and forever.
Girli Kebon Dalem
Sent from my heart of abudhenkpr
Majalah INSPIRASI, Lentera yang Membebaskan
Komisi Hubungan Antaragama dan Kepercayaan Keuskupan Agung Semarang
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