Gospel of Luke 6:1-5 Reflection:
The poor old Pharisees show here that they suffer from the same problem as today’s secularists: once you make man the author of his own morality then you must increase the authority of the law and bring up ever more convoluted rules.
Human nature can only work on two principles; either it imposes the law rigorously or it makes allowances for people and allows a little leeway, or the Law tinged with love.
But when you allow a little leeway you are saying that people are more important than the law—and many people, even today, find that concept hard to take.
“You don’t work on the Sabbath, and picking corn is work, therefore you are a bad man.”
But Jesus and his men were hungry.
“We make no allowance. Stay hungry til tomorrow.”
Jesus uses scripture to turn the argument on the Pharisees when he uses the example of David going into the Temple to use the sacred bread, when he and his men were hungry.
Very simply put, the question always is: which is more important, the person or the Law.
You’d be surprised how many people would say the Law, but when you dig a little deeper it is nearly always because interpreting the law harshly suits them. They are generally the rich and the ‘nice’ people who use the law to justify keeping the poor and lowly in their place.