Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
1 Corinthians 4:6b-15
Psalm 145:17-18, 19-20, 21
How often in our lives we hear that little "interior whisper" suggesting that we do some good deed for someone! How easy it is to continue what we are doing and hope that "whisper" will go away.
In today's gospel, the disciples were picking grains on the Sabbath and eating them, which was forbidden. The Pharisees were right there to criticize the disciples. Jesus used the occasion to remind us that our role in meeting the human needs of others takes priority over the Sabbath rest. Of course we don't let our families go hungry because it is Sunday. We also can't use the "it's Sunday" excuse to ignore that "little whisper."
The gospel does give us the chance, however, to evaluate the use of our time on Sunday. We pack our schedules full and often use the weekends including Sunday, the Sabbath, to do some tasks that could be done at another time. It is our day to spend some time reconnecting with Christ.
What could be more important?
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne