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Jun 01 2018

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Pew Leaflet Sunday 3 June 2018

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Today Mark’s Gospel explores two Sabbath Day incidents in which Jesus was involved. In the first, the disciples “harvest” grain as they walk, and in the second, Jesus heals a man with a withered hand. In both cased the Pharisees respond with indignation at what they see as a violation of the Sabbath law. But, Jesus’ response is that the Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people (NLT) not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.

It is so easy to lose the point of Scripture and the laws contained in it. It is so easy to make rules and standards of holiness the goal of faith. It feels good to be able to fulfil all the requirements of the law, and to enjoy the sense that we have earned God’s approval and

applause. But, God did not give the Law to the Israelites in order for them to win God’s approval. The law was given to teach them how to live as free people with care and consideration for each other. When Jesus preached, he summarised the entire Law in his great commandment. In doing this, Jesus revealed that the spirit of the law is not legalism but love. And when we find ourselves in a place to choose between obeying the law and treating another person with compassion, compassion should always win.

(Sacredise Daily Worship)

2nd Sunday after Pentecost B – 3 June.pdf

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