Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 3:1-6 – 2nd ORDINARY WEEK: Wednesday, 23 January 2019
The Sabbath issue flares up one more. By examining the purpose of work, Jesus answers the charge that work is absolutely prohibited on the Sabbath. The Law cannot forbid doing good. Such a result would fatally confuse means and ends.
In refocusing the meaning of Law and covenant, Jesus is a true priest as He clarifies our understanding of the Law and urges us toward an adult faith.
At the end of this brief but fundamental controversy, we sense that the clock is ticking. For opposing entrenched views and vested interests, death is now on Jesus’ horizon. Neither His priesthood nor our discipleship would be bloodless.
The function of any priest is, first of all, to help us see the Father rather than to only tell us about Him.
Jakarta, 23 January 2019
A Christian Pilgrim