I wonder why the Pharisees were always looking for reasons to condemn Jesus and his disciples. It seems that they were keeping an eye on Jesus and his disciples for potential violations of the Mosaic Law. The Pharisees had the perfect opportunity to charge them when they learned that Jesus’ disciples had plucked a handful of grains on a sabbath, but Jesus responded, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Like Jesus, I had also experienced being condemned for my actions. When I look back on my early years as a youth ministry leader in our parish, I recall those who criticized me and my leadership style, especially when I did things that were unconventional and out of the traditional. The most tragic aspect is that, like the Pharisees, they were “church people” who were active members of church organizations. I must admit that there were occasions I failed to comprehend and understand others’ actions against me. I also found it difficult to accept their harsh judgments. I eventually reached a point where I felt like I was constantly being judged. Despite all these reproaches, I continued to make morally upright decisions in carrying out my duties ministering to the young people.
Jesus opted to follow what is right rather than the oppressively legalistic principles. As a consequence, he was judged and condemned by the Jewish religious authorities. Amidst scrutiny and opposition, He did not think twice about working miracles and healings on the Sabbath. Indeed, when our actions are subject to judgment, it should not hinder us from acting morally and charitably.
As I progress in the formation, it is a challenge for me to always look beyond every situation and to focus on the things that will glorify God. Unlike the Pharisees, I should make an effort to see the positive aspects in everyone rather than easily passing judgments on them.
By: Sem. Adriane Gabito
While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did
when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
which only the priests could lawfully eat,
ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”