The third day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 2:23-28.

One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath; so the Son of man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

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What does the commandment “keep holy the Sabbath” really mean for us? What is the primary intention behind this command?

According to the law, the “Sabbath rest” was a time to remember and celebrate God’s goodness and the goodness of his work, both in creation and redemption. It was a day set apart for the praise of God, his work of creation, and his saving actions on our behalf. It was intended to bring everyday work to a halt and to provide needed rest and refreshment.

Jesus reminds the Pharisees that the Sabbath was given for our benefit, to refresh and renew us in living for God. It was intended for good and not for evil.

In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we learn to honor the Lord Jesus Christ in the way we treat our neighbor and celebrate the Lord’s Day. There we celebrate God’s goodness and the goodness of his work for our salvation.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may we give you fitting honor in the way we live our lives and in the way we treat our neighbor. May we always treat others with the same mercy and kindness which you have shown to us now and forever. Amen.

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