Lent Devotional • Day 6

Monday, The First Week Of Lent (Feb. 22)

Narrated by Ryan Reimers

The Lord of the Sabbath

Some of the Pharisees said, ‘Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” … He said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” Luke 6:2, 5

Jesus was criticized for allowing his disciples to work, to do “what is not lawful” on the Sabbath. Their mistake was confusing the rule for the blessing the rule was intended to reinforce. Our mistake is not so much breaking a rule as it is neglecting the blessing God wants to give us. His desire is to renew and reinforce our relationship with our gracious, loving heavenly Father.

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath from whose wounds we receive healing and new life day after day, week after week, throughout our often difficult journey through earthly life to life eternal. What a blessing!

REFLECT: Think of ways to accept the blessings of God more fully.

PRAY: Touch my sinful heart, Lord Jesus, with your daily, forgiving love.

Devotional content provided by Creative Communications for the Parish.