Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Daily Mass Homily: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
We Catholics often get a bad rap for being nothing more than a bunch of rule followers. In this Gospel passage we learn how the Pharisees—overzealous for the Law—try to catch Jesus breaking the rules of the Sabbath. Jesus reminds them that the these very rules are to be followed, not in and of themselves, but because they help us.
Take the Sabbath. We are asked to keep that day free from unnecessary work, homework and busyness because it is good for us. We need a day each week to catch up with friends, watch a game and nap—all for the glory of God.
In this succinct response to the Pharisees tattle-tailing, Jesus also teaches us that we must always remember two facts with respect to the “rules and regulations” of our lives. First, we must not be judgers of others’ conduct like the Pharisees. Second, we must remember that all of God’s law is for our good. The Church is the servant of God’s Law and thus the Church’s guidelines for living is strictly for our benefit. We must always keep this in mind especially when we struggle to understand why the Church teaches as she does.
We praise God today for giving us the Lord’s Day—Sunday. We thank Him for providing us with a framework in which to live our lives and pray for the grace to trust Him and His Church all the more.