The Rules – Good News for January 19

19 01 2010

Mark 2:23-28

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”

He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?”

Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

The Daily Path: When my children get hungry, they go to the kitchen and search for something to eat. As is the case in many households, there are “guidelines”. For example: “You can’t have a cheese sandwich right now. You’ll spoil your dinner!”

As I read Mark’s Gospel, I thought about the rules associated with religion. A lot of it sounds like: “You can’t do this. You can’t do that. You can do that, but only this way.” If we are hungry along the journey, why not stop and find nourishment? Will we spoil our dinner if we partake in a spiritual sandwich along the way? Is Cafe Jesus only open for lunch and dinner? Do we have to wear a coat and tie to be seated?

Yes, I know. We need rules. But as I think about the spiritual hunger within me, it seems that there is more call for just a cheese sandwich. The ones that are simply wrapped in plain brown paper by His hand. The sandwiches that are there when I get hungry at all hours. The ones that have a little label that reads: Pharisee Free



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