March 7, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 2:23-3:6
One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

  • We meet many people at Maxwell Street who are hungry and not just physically. Given this is an exchange between the religious leaders of the day and Jesus, that the disciples were hungry on the sabbath might mean this is not just be a statement about physical hunger. I’ve read that the word Abiathar can be literally translated “father of abundance” or “my father excels.” The fear of scarcity can lead individuals or churches to withhold the gifts that God has given rather than sharing them. Sabbath is a gift. Food is a gift. These gifts, like God’s love, are meant to be shared because there is plenty enough for all. God’s love for you is abundant. What do you hunger for in your own life? Who in your faith community, your neighborhood, in your larger community is hungry? What gift has God given you to share with them and how might you do that this weekend or in the week to come?  

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