A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 21 January

St Agnes (M)

1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28; Mark 2:23-28

Rich in mercy

Again a question: why do something on the Sabbath that is forbidden? Both travelling and gleaning – even plucking ears of corn to make a path - were considered ‘work’ and forbidden on the day of rest. Jesus regards the Sabbath positively, not as a series of rules. While both the Sabbath and the house of God are sacred, human beings, too, are holy and treasured in God’s sight. Jean Claude Colin, founder of the Society of Mary, encouraged Marists to be merciful in judging individuals and the law... Today I thank God for a time when I was judged with mercy.

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