Cycle B

Good News B14a

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Mark 2:23-28 New American Bible

Mark 3:1-6 New American Bible

Mark 2:23 and Mark 3:6 Bible Gateway New International Version

Mark 2:23 to Mark 3:6 Bible Gateway Contemporary English Version


“The Sabbath Was Made for Man”


In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus and catch him breaking the Jewish laws of the Sabbath. The disciples passed through a field of wheat on the Sabbath and ate a few grains because they were hungry.  They were not gathering the whole field to get pay from the farmer. But the Pharisees accused them of breaking the law, of working on the Sabbath. Jesus explained how even David ate the holy bread on the Sabbath when he and his friends were hungry. Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man. Man was not made for the Sabbath. The Pharisees were upset when Jesus healed a man with one small shriveled up hand. Jesus said that the Sabbath was a day for Man to spend time thanking his creator for all his blessings. It was a day for Man to receive special blessings from God.

           Indeed the Sabbath is a day to do things to help you grow closer to God. Make your own plans now for what you will do. Read the Scriptures. Draw a picture of Jesus healing people. Pray for peace in the world. Ask God to bless the leaders of all countries so that they work together to save lives rather than take lives away by war. Ask God to help you use your money wisely. Give part of your money to God. Out of the money you have saved in your piggy bank, give part to your parents to help pay the sales taxes on the groceries they buy. When you don’t waste what God gives you, he will give you more. 

 Say the “Our Father.” Then sit and spend time thanking God for all your blessings: your parents, the food on your table, the doctors and nurses who help keep you well, and tell God how much you love him.          


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.



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