READINGS for 2007-01-16
Then he said to them, ?The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.? ? Mark 2:27
Father Luis Sierra, our parish priest at the Binondo Chinese Parish, once had visitors who spiritedly debated against the Catholic faith. They would quote the Bible extensively, often interpreting the literal meaning of the words. Finally, near the end of their discussion, he asked, ?What is more important, me or the Bible?? Without batting an eyelash, they immediately answered, ?The Bible, of course.?
P S A L M
1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, exquisite in all their delights. (R) 4 He has won renown for his wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD. 5 He has given food to those who fear him; he will forever be mindful of his covenant. (R) 9 He has sent deliverance to his people; he has ratified his covenant forever; holy and awesome is his name. 10 His praise endures forever. (R)
G O S P E L
The fundamental problem at stake here is whether the law is supposed to serve the person or the other way around. Jesus is quite clear that laws ought to be designed and implemented upon the principle that they are there to serve humanity and not vice versa. When the law becomes the goal, abuse and sin enters in, as at its very best, law is only there to remind us of certain human values that we ought to respect when we act. The law is a guide to how we should live, not a dictator to human action. Sometimes there is a fine balance to be observed but we should always keep the principle in mind that the law exists to serve the person and not the other way around.
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