15th July – St Bonaventure

At the start of each year I load my diary with significant anniversary dates. Today brings up John Breen, my maternal grandfather who died in his mid 40’s. My mother was 12 at the time and the eldest in the family. May he rest in peace. Clinic went fine today. While visiting parishioners in the hospital during the time it takes for the blood results to come back, I met a woman who has Multiple Myeloma as well.

Today’s gospel passage Matt 12:1-8 is:sabbath

Jesus took a walk one sabbath day through the cornfields. His disciples were hungry and began to pick ears of corn and eat them. The Pharisees noticed it and said to him, ‘Look, your disciples are doing something that is forbidden on the sabbath.’ But he said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he and his followers were hungry – how he went into the house of God and how they ate the loaves of offering which neither he nor his followers were allowed to eat, but which were for the priests alone? Or again, have you not read in the Law that on the sabbath day the Temple priests break the sabbath without being blamed for it? Now here, I tell you, is something greater than the Temple. And if you had understood the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the blameless. For the Son of Man is master of the sabbath.’

The following reflection excerpt from BIBLE ALIVE has its own merits. I don’t think however that the full article does justice to Church practices and disciplines that communicate and maintain our fundamental beliefs. Thus I omitted the third paragraph.