Daily Gospel – Sunday, June 2, 2024 – Mark 2,23-3,6 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Deuteronomy 5:12-15)

Reading the Book of Deuteronomy.

This is what the Lord says: “Keep the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.

You will work six days and in them you will do all your works.

The seventh day is Saturday, the day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. You shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male or female slave, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your animals, nor the foreigner who lives in your cities, so that let your male and female slave rest in the same way as you.

Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out from there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. This is why the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath.”

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Second Reading (2Cor 4,6-11)

Reading of the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

Brothers: God, who said: “Let light shine out of darkness”, is the same one who made his light shine in our hearts, to make clear the knowledge of his glory in the face of Christ.

Now we bring this treasure in earthen vessels, so that everyone may recognize that this extraordinary power comes from God and not from us.

We are afflicted on every side, but not overcome with anguish; placed in the greatest trouble, but without losing hope; persecuted, but not helpless; overthrown, but not annihilated; everywhere and we always carry within ourselves the mortal sufferings of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

Indeed, we, the living, are continually handed over to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal nature.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Announcement of the Gospel (Mark 2,23-3,6)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Jesus was passing through some wheat fields on the Sabbath. His disciples began to pluck ears of corn as they walked.

Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! Why do they do what is not permitted on the Sabbath?”

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read what David and his companions did when they were in need and hungry? How did he enter the house of God, in the time when Abiathar was high priest, did he eat the bread offered to God, and also gave it to his companions? However, only priests are allowed to eat these breads.”

And he added: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore, the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

, Jesus entered the synagogue again. There was a man there with a dry hand. Some watched him to see if he would heal on the Sabbath, so they could accuse him. Jesus said to the man with the dry hand, “Get up and stand here!” And he asked them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil? Save a life or let it die?” But they said nothing. Jesus then looked around them, full of anger and sadness, because they were hard of heart; and he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was healed. When they left, the Pharisees, with Herod’s supporters, immediately plotted against Jesus how they would kill him.

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today, we are blessed with readings that call us to reflect deeply on the meaning of rest, the light of Christ in our lives and the true essence of observing God’s laws. Let’s dive together into passages from Deuteronomy, the Second Letter to the Corinthians and the Gospel of Mark to better understand what God asks of us.

We begin with the reading of Deuteronomy, where God gives us the command to observe the Sabbath: “You shall keep the Sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. You will work six days, and in them you will do all your work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” Here, God invites us to a sacred rest, a time set aside to connect with Him and renew our strength.

Imagine a fertile field, which after six days of hard work, is left fallow on the seventh day so that the land can regenerate and continue to produce abundant fruit. This is also our life. Sabbath rest is a time of regeneration, of reconnecting with our essence and our Creator. God did not give us the Sabbath commandment to impose a burden on us, but to offer us a time of rest and blessing.

However, true rest is not only physical but also spiritual. By setting aside time for God, we recognize our dependence on Him and the need for His presence in our lives. It is a time to renew our soul and strengthen our faith. How often in our modern world, full of distractions and pressures, do we neglect this need for pause and contemplation?

Now, we move on to the second reading, where Saint Paul, writing to the Corinthians, reminds us: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has himself shone in our hearts, to shine the knowledge of the glory of God on our faces. of Christ.” Here, Paul reminds us of the transforming power of the light of Christ in our lives. Even in the midst of darkness, pain and difficulties, we are called to be bearers of this light.

Think of a clay vase. Fragile and imperfect, but when filled with brilliant light, it becomes a beacon, a source of hope. We are these clay vessels. In our human frailty, we carry the priceless treasure of the light of Christ. It is through our weaknesses, our struggles and even our falls that the glory of God is manifested.

Saint Paul goes on to say: “We are troubled in every way, but not distressed; perplexed, but not discouraged; persecuted, but not abandoned; overturned, but not destroyed; always carrying the death of Jesus in our bodies, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” These words are a powerful reminder that even in the most difficult times, God’s grace sustains us. We are called to live the death and resurrection of Christ daily, trusting that his life is manifested in us, transforming our tribulations into testimonies of his glory.

Finally, the Gospel of Mark presents us with a meeting between Jesus and the Pharisees regarding the observance of the Sabbath. We see Jesus and His disciples walking through the wheat fields on a Sabbath. When the disciples begin to pick ears of corn, the Pharisees question Jesus, accusing them of violating the Sabbath law. Jesus responds wisely, reminding them that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore, the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

Jesus teaches us that true observance of God’s law goes beyond literal fulfillment. It’s about understanding the deep purpose of divine laws, which is to promote life, justice and love. He shows us that mercy and compassion should guide our actions, even when it comes to observing religious laws.

In another episode in the same gospel, Jesus enters the synagogue and heals a man with a withered hand on a Sabbath, again defying the Pharisees’ rigid interpretations. Jesus asks: “Is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?” With this, He challenges us to reflect on our own practices and priorities. Are we caught up in rules and traditions to the point of forgetting the spirit of love and compassion that should guide our lives?

Let’s apply this in our daily lives. How often do we find ourselves judging others or ourselves based on rigid rules, forgetting the heart of Christ’s message? We are called to be merciful, to seek good, and to put love above all else. This does not mean neglecting God’s laws, but rather understanding them and living them with a heart full of love and compassion.

Sabbath rest, the light of Christ in our hearts, and true observance of God’s law are deeply interconnected. Sabbath rest offers us the opportunity to renew ourselves in the presence of God, strengthening us to be light in the world. This light, which shines even in our fragility, guides us to live God’s laws with a merciful and compassionate heart.

May we, then, keep the Sabbath, not as a burden, but as a blessing. May the light of Christ shine in our hearts, illuminating our lives and the lives of those around us. And that, guided by the example of Jesus, we can live God’s laws with mercy and compassion, always seeking to do good and promote life.

Let us now retreat into a moment of silence, reflecting on how we can apply these lessons to our lives. May the Holy Spirit guide us, strengthening us on our journey of faith.

Lord, we thank You for today’s lessons. Help us to live according to Your will, to find rest in You, to be light in an often dark world, and to observe Your laws with a heart full of love and compassion. May we follow Christ’s example, bringing healing and hope to everyone we meet. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we leave here today, let us carry with us a determination to live these truths in our daily lives. May God’s grace accompany us and strengthen us. We are called to be light and salt – let us shine and flavor the world with God’s goodness, justice and love. Amen.