Friday, 19th July

Matthew 12:1–8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the
Sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and
to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples
are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." He said to them,
"Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not
lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. Or have you
not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the
Sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is
here. 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."

Reflection

Am I stuck in my habit of finding fault of others?

How do I see the word of God, as an instruction manual or as
a call to me to form my heart?