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Mark 2:27-28 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.”
Jesus permits his hungry disciples to pluck ears of corn on the sabbath but the Pharisees forget God’s mercy. God does not want us to follow rules so stringently that we hurt our bodies. God creates the sabbath so we can take care of our bodies and commune with God in beautiful union—a holy timeout from the relentless march of time.
MOVING FORWARD: Do you struggle with striking a balance between following rules and extending mercy?