Saturday, September 7, 2013

Gospel Reflection

September 07, 2013
First Saturday – Year of Faith – Ordinary Time
by Rev.  Fr. Matthieu Dauchez
Mass, Mary, Queen of Peace Shrine (Our Lady of Peace Quasi Parish/EDSA Shrine)

Reading 1 Col 1:21-23

Brothers and sisters: You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds; God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him, provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, am a minister.

Responsorial Psalm PS 54:3-4, 6 and 8

R. (6) God himself is my help.
O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. God himself is my help.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. God himself is my help.

Gospel Lk 6:1-5

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry? How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”


My dear brothers and sisters, the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. This was the response of Jesus to show that what God does is always for the good of the people....always. And this is one of the greatest fights of Jesus in His life - to free the people from binding laws which do not reflect the image of the Lord as a loving God.

Our God is Lord of all, but for what? For love, of course, and only for love. Sometimes, we could not understand why God acts like this, but we must remember that our God is a God of love. And what He does is always for our own good - always. Amen.