2nd Week, Ordinary Time : Tuesday, 16th January 2024

Daily Word Of God

Mark 2:23-28

One Sabbath day Jesus was taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples began to make a path by plucking ears of corn. And the Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing something on the Sabbath day that is forbidden?’

And he replied, ‘Have you never read what David did in his time of need when he and his followers were hungry – how he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the loaves of the offering which only the priests are allowed to eat, and how he also gave some to the men with him?’

And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath; so the Son of man is master even of the Sabbath.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

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

  • All cultures have taboos that are superstitious or irrational. For instance, during the Lunar New Year, it is forbidden to sweep the floor because you would be sweeping away good fortune.


  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus dismisses a Mosaic law because He is more concerned about the well-being of human beings than rules and regulations.


  • In what ways are we uncharitable to others because of our rigid interpretation of rules and our inflexible attitudes towards them?