READINGS: 1st Reading:: Exodus 11:10-12:14:The institution of the Passover
Resp. Psalm: 115(116):12-13;15-18: The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name.
Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8: The Son of Man is master of the Sabbath
When I see the blood I will Passover you. The Passover is the greatest feast of the people of Israel. It recalls to mind, the great intervention of God’s power to deliver his people Israel from slavery into the promise land. This is what defines them as a nation set apart to worship God at Mount Sinai and to share a covenantal relationship with Him.
In order to set them apart for Himself and to build them as a nation, God used Moses and Aaron to deliver them and instructed them starting from this memorable event that will lead them to Him. The feast marks their identity. They were to carry out some basic instructions and rituals given to them by God in obedience. The Passover is a sign of God’s mercy over the nation of Israel.
The Passover is also considered as a foretaste of what the Messiah shall came to fulfill. Jesus came into the world to teach us how to obey God. He is the Passover lamb sacrificed once for us. He says to the Pharisees who were criticizing his disciples for working on Sabbath by removing the ears of the corn rather than look at their hunger, ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice’. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Obedience to God and our works of mercy makes us fulfilled. The works of mercy today are so uncommon.
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The world is today is predominantly wicked and sinful. There are people considered to be above the law and some below the law even when the law is bidding on everyone. Those in charge take advantage of their subjects. Injustice and evil manipulation of different kinds are everywhere both in the media and within our perimeters. Religious attacks rather ecumenical prayers are mostly upheld. Religious violence everywhere all in the name of worshiping God.
The laws are given to us by God to reminds us about His justice and mercy. The laws liberates us indeed. The spirit of the law calls us to love, to be merciful and to be faithful. If we take His mercy for granted then His justice will come upon us for His infinitely merciful and just. As we call upon the name of the Lord today may he rescue us from evil and may He continue to shower His blessings upon us.
May the blood of Jesus continue to set us free. Amen.