Ordinary Time 15th Wk: Friday 19th July, 2019

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Mercy not Sacrifice”: The Pharisees, obeyed the ritualistic Laws of the Sabbath rigidly, but were unmerciful to others.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus reprimanded the Pharisee and proclaimed, “Mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice.”  Ponder on your life, “Do I worship God on Sundays and be merciful to others all the times?

 Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 11:28-30

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.’