Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of Proper 24 Year 1
“I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.” (Matthew 12:6)
In this section of the Gospel of Matthew Jesus redefines what it means to respect the Sabbath and even the moderate reverence we should hold regarding brick and mortar houses of worship.
The real Holy of Holies is the mercy and love we have for one another. Our love and mercy for each other is more important than sacred bread, sacred buildings or sacred days. We can bake more bread and bless it. We can build more buildings and bless them. We can wait and another day of Sabbath will come. But if we don’t bless one another with love and mercy we may never overcome the barrier that denies us eternal life. For as we give love and mercy so too we receive love and mercy. Unlike buildings, bread and special days, love and mercy are eternal. Love and mercy will not crumble over time as will bread and buildings. And as for days, love and mercy has days that will never end.
Jesus reminds them (and us), “But if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice”, you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” (Mathew 12: 7 – 8) So we all must understand that what we are capable of (love and mercy), is far greater and more important than anything else we can have, or do, or make for ourselves.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+