One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
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You are what you see. Each of us are affected by the realities of the world around us. What do you see in your everyday life? Do you see a picket fence or barbed wire? Do you see children playing in the grass or being told to stay off the streets?
In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees are limited in their sight. Their perspective is only that of delineating laws. They do not see their hungry brother. They choose not to recognize those crying out in need.
We can only see if we are close enough. Do we see our homeless or mentally ill? Our incarcerated, elderly, or migrants? Do we see those who are afraid, who are ignored by society? Do we see that those we believe to be so different from us actually look up at same stars we do? Do we see our brothers and sisters?
Lord, infuse us with your merciful love to see the other as you do. Raise our awareness to halt condescending language or judgmental attitudes in the course of our day.