15th Week, Ordinary Time : Friday, 17th July 2020

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 12:1-4, 6-8

Jesus took a walk through the cornfields one Sabbath day. 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 they ate the loaves of the offering although neither he nor his followers were permitted to eat them, but only the priests?

‘Now here, I tell you, is something greater than the Temple. And if you had understood the meaning of the words: Mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the blameless. For the Son of man is master of the Sabbath.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Mercy is what pleases the Son of man, who is Master of the Sabbath and Author of all life, not sacrifice.


  • Jesus was always full of compassion for all peoples.  That is why He came to seek out those who are lost so that they may have fullness of life.


  • We beg for God’s mercy for all our transgressions. How forgiving are we towards those who have harmed us?  Do we have the habit of harbouring our hurts and pain for life or do we get on with more life giving activities?