15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
St. Apollinaris, bishop & martyr
Psalter: Week 3 / (Green/Red)
Is 38:10, 11, 12abcd, 16
You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.
1st Reading: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8
In those days Hezekiah fell mortally ill and the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, went to him with a message from Yahweh, “Put your house in order for you shall die; you shall not live.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, “Ah Yahweh! Remember how I have walked before you in truth and wholeheartedly, and done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of Yahweh came to Isaiah, “Go and tell Hezekiah what Yahweh, the God of his father David, says: I have heard your prayer and I have seen your tears. See! I am adding fifteen years to your life and I will save you and this city from the power of the king of Assyria. I will defend it for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.
Isaiah then said, “Bring a fig cake to rub on the ulcer and let Hezekiah be cured!” Hezekiah asked, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of Yahweh?”
Isaiah answered, “This shall be for you a sign from Yahweh, that he will do what he has promised. See! I shall make the shadow descending on the stairway of Ahaz go back ten steps.” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had covered on the stairway.
Gospel: Mt 12:1-8
It happened that, Jesus was walking through the wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry; and they began to pick some heads of wheat, to crush and to eat the grain. When the Pharisees noticed this, they said to Jesus, “Look at your disciples! They are doing what is prohibited on the Sabbath!”
Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did, when he and his men were hungry? He went into the House of God, and they ate the bread offered to God, though neither he nor his men had the right to eat it, but only the priests. And have you not read in the law, how, on the Sabbath, the priests in the temple desecrate the Sabbath, yet they are not guilty?
I tell you, there is greater than the temple here. If you really knew the meaning of the words: It is mercy I want, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. Besides, the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
the Son of Man is Lord
of the Sabbath
After having created the world, the Lord rests. On the Sabbath, we rest to glorify the Lord for all he has created and provided us. However, when we are sick, we have difficulty praising God. Like creation that is still incomplete, we yearn for completion. Upon being restored, we praise and thank the Lord.
In the Gospel, Jesus’ disciples were hungry. Despite the Sabbath Law, they picked, crushed and ate the grain. The hungry cannot rest; they are restless. To be hungry is to be incomplete. To be fed is to be fulfilled, like creation that is completed.
Daily Reflection 2018
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