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July 16, 2021

Mt 12: 1-8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. 

Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Mercy rather than sacrifice

“I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” Christ’s words from today’s Gospel should cause us to pause and re-evaluate what motivates our spirituality. In the context of salvation history, we can see that Christ doesn’t ask us to obliterate all sacrifices, nor are we given an excuse to recklessly take advantage of God’s mercy. However, we are called to properly recognize the times and areas of our lives that require us to ask for mercy, from those that ask us to sacrifice. Ultimately, even our sacrifices rely on God’s mercy. 

Where in your own life can you hand the reins over to Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb, and truly rest in the mercy he offers, rather than unnecessarily place an undue burden on your own shoulders out of pride?

Audrey Merck is a Theology teacher and Summer Bridge Principal at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.

 

Prayer

O blood and water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus, as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

—St. Faustina


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July 16, 2021

Mt 12: 1-8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. 

Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Mercy rather than sacrifice

“I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” Christ’s words from today’s Gospel should cause us to pause and re-evaluate what motivates our spirituality. In the context of salvation history, we can see that Christ doesn’t ask us to obliterate all sacrifices, nor are we given an excuse to recklessly take advantage of God’s mercy. However, we are called to properly recognize the times and areas of our lives that require us to ask for mercy, from those that ask us to sacrifice. Ultimately, even our sacrifices rely on God’s mercy. 

Where in your own life can you hand the reins over to Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb, and truly rest in the mercy he offers, rather than unnecessarily place an undue burden on your own shoulders out of pride?

Audrey Merck is a Theology teacher and Summer Bridge Principal at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.

 

Prayer

O blood and water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus, as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

—St. Faustina


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