And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
Psalm 54: 1-2, 4, 6
Save me, O God, by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
But surely, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
In the gospel reading, Jesus is revealing himself to the Pharisees and giving them insight into the spirit of the law. They would deny food to hungry men, Jesus' own followers, because of the work involved in picking the grain. Jesus goes them one better and reminds them of how David fed the loaves of proposition to his hungry men because they were in need. The law was made to point to Jesus. The day of the Lord, the sabbath, is the day when God's Will is done and God cares about our need.
In a world where so many of our needs are taken care of, a person may not perceive their need for God until they experience a crisis. But the greatest crisis is when a soul is in peril is when it is estranged from God.
In the first reading, St. Paul describes how the Colossians were once estranged from God, hostile in mind and evil in their deeds. Yet, they became faithful to the gospel, and they can be presented to God holy and blameless. God's mercy, to provide for those who are in need of salvation, is greater than anything we can do for ourselves. God will bring his word to us even if we do not know our need for it.
Today, may we desire to draw closer to the Lord and be reconciled so that we may be presented before him holy and blameless, and may our hearts be filled of gratitude. Amen