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Gospel Reflection

Why do we look at the speck in someone else’s eye
but ignore the log in our own?
The measure we use for others,
God will use for us.

Jesus, you are the giver and the gift.

Gospel Reading - Plucking Grain on the Sabbath

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1About that time, Jesus was walking one day through some grainfields with his disciples. It was on the Sabbath, the Jewish day of worship, and his disciples were hungry; so they began breaking off heads of wheat and eating the grain.

2 But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Your disciples are breaking the law. They are harvesting on the Sabbath.”

3But Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what King David did when he and his friends were hungry? 4He went into the Temple and they ate the special bread permitted to the priests alone. That was breaking the law too. 5And haven’t you ever read in the law of Moses how the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? 6And truly, one is here who is greater than the Temple! 7But if you had known the meaning of this Scripture verse, ‘I want you to be merciful more than I want your offerings,’ you would not have condemned those who aren’t guilty! 8For I, the Messiah,a am master even of the Sabbath.”

. . . . .Matthew 12:1-8
  1. Literally, “the Son of Man.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.