Feast of St. Bonaventure

Is. 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 Ps. Is. 38:10-12, 16 Mt. 12:1-8

Today’s readings seem to continue the theme of God’s love and compassion.  Isaiah is speaking to King Hezekiah and tells him to get his house in order for he is about to die. Hezekiah turns with great tears to God.  God looks with compassion and heals him.  God grants Hezekiah fifteen more years of life.  Hezekiah is grateful and gives thanks to God.  Matthew’s story is about the disciples who are hungry and pass a field of grain on the road.  They pick some grain to eat.  The only problem is that it is the Sabbath.  Those who are out to get Jesus observe this act and criticize.  Again Jesus reminds us that the burden we carry is never bigger than we are able to carry.  Jesus tells the Pharisees that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.  God wants to help us, not sacrifice us.  God’s love and compassion are enormous and will not require the impossible from us.

Spend some time with Jesus.  Call it Sabbath time.  Allow Jesus to heal you from all burdens and worries and sins.  Remember God wants to cover us with love.  Let that love of God soak into your being today.  Respond with love.

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