law, nature and our needs
Gospel of Matthew 12:1-8 Reflection:
There is a very important message in today's gospel for us all; we are not to become slaves of the Law or of nature.
Jesus and his disciples are walking through the fields on a Sabbath day. They are hungry and so eat the ears of corn that are growing in the field. But to do so they have to pick the corn; this is work and thus the Pharisees object.
Jesus replies with a story about David, the great king of Israel. He tells how he went into the temple and ate the holy bread when his men were hungry. Jesus even goes further and says that there is something greater even than the temple here. He is referring to himself. God lived in the temple but now God has come among you!
Jesus pointed out that the Pharisees were being strangled by the Law; it left no room for love or the importance of people.
Jesus also showed that people come before the Law and that nature is there to serve man, not man serve nature. We are stewards of this world with a duty to use our resources sensibly, but in the end the needs of the people come first.
This passage speaks to people of all times.