Daily Bread for Tomorrow
Tue. Jan 17, 2017: Hebrews 6:10-20; Mark 2:23-28
The Sabbath was made for humans, not humans for the Sabbath. The Letter to the Hebrews calls Jesus “an anchor of the soul,” a steadfast weight hung on a spirit’s wing. But this anchor moves! Jesus is the “forerunner,” reaching “behind the veil” to open a way to salvation “on our behalf.” Jesus pulls the curtain open in more mundane ways as well, when bitter Pharisees forbid a simple snack of crunchy kernels that the disciples are plucking in an open field, just because it’s the Sabbath! Back in the day, Jesus reminds them of how David’s troops burst into the Temple “and ate the bread of offering” reserved strictly for the priests. Am I sometimes just a weight without the light touch of kindness for freer spirits? I will give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart!