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Friday, July 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 12:1-8.


Friday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

18 JULY 2014

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 12:1-8.

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when
he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

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Friday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Origen (c.185-253),
priest and theologian

Homilies on the Book of Numbers, no.23

“The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath”

We don’t see that the words of Genesis: “God rested on the Sabbath day from all his works” came to pass on this seventh day of creation nor, indeed, that that they have come to pass today. We always see God at work. There is no Sabbath when God stops working, no day when he does not “make his sun rise on the bad and the good and cause rain to fall on the just and the unjust”, when he does not make “grass to sprout on the mountains and herbs for the service of men”…, or when he does not “put to death and give life”.

This is how our Lord answers those who accused him of working and healing on the Sabbath: “My Father is at work until now and I am at work.” By this he showed that, during the time of this world, there is no Sabbath when God rests from watching over the progress of the world and destiny of humankind… In his wisdom as Creator he never ceases to exercise his providence and watchful care over his creatures “until the end of the world”. Therefore the real Sabbath when God will rest from all his works will be the world to come when “sorrow and mourning will flee” and God will be “all in all”.

(Biblical references: Gn 2,2; Mt 5,45; Ps 146[7],8; 1Sm 2,6; Jn 5,17; Mt 28,20; Is 35,10 LXX; Col 3,11)

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