Commentary on the Gospel of
While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
Today’s readings are rich in substance. A reminder of how important it is to express compassion, to find the graces in each day, to understand, to be companions to others. To remember how we are loved by God. It is also a reminder for me to be cognizant that the current traditions, rules, regulations, and policies were made during a particular time/century in which biases existed.
I am reminded to ask the following questions. How did they improve the human condition? How and when have I acted like the “Pharisees”? If I am grounded in my faith, am intentional in deepening my relationship with God, trust that God is connected to all that is good even in my experiences with suffering, then my relationship to traditions, rules, regulations, and policies can be contextual with a deeper understanding that they exist for this time and can change.
I can bring my love for Jesus to the situation and ask the question what would Jesus do?
As I write this reflection today the world is grieving many tragedies and my heart is heavy with the tremendous suffering that currently exists in this world. I pray to God to increase my awareness of what ‘good’ I can do amid the suffering? How can I support and recognize when human need takes precedence over the traditions, rules, regulations, and policies?
I pray for compassion, understanding, and the strength to advocate for the changes needed.