Fifth Week of Lent – Monday
April 8, 2019
From Presbyterian Outlook Devotions, Jill Duffield, Editor
1 One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" 3 Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?" 5 Then he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."
Jesus makes sure his disciples are fed, even if it means doing what some see as unlawful on the Sabbath: picking grain. Jesus insists that people come before rules, even important religious rules. Today, consciously try to put people first. Make note of how this impacts your words, choices and actions.
Jesus, you promise to care for your followers, making sure they are fed as they go about your work. You put people before rules, mercy before sacrifice. Show us how our religious rules impede your will. Do not let our righteousness become a stumbling block for your goodness. Amen.