July 17, 2015
The LORD said to Moses, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.” . . . “It is the Passover of the LORD.” Ex 11:10—12:14
Jesus said to the Pharisees, “If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.” Mt 12:1-8
Funny how we’ve heard the Exodus story of the First Passover a thousand times by now. We’ve clearly made the connections: Of that first Passover Meal to the Last Supper of Jesus and to our Most blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
We’ve made the connections: Of the Paschal sacrifice of a lamb to the sacrifice of Jesus, the true Lamb of God. Of the blood on the doorposts to the blood on the cross.
And we’ve made the connections: Of the Exodus from slavery in Egypt to the Resurrection of Easter Sunday and to the Salvation of our own Baptisms.
And we often ponder these events. We pray over them. We pray for the needy. We say our rosaries. And we come to Mass. And sometimes, there we are, impatient with the squirming little children who keep us from hearing everything. And there we are – judging the woman in the big hat who’s blocking our view. And there we are stampeding out the door because that homily was 2-minutes longer than it should have been.
You see, Jesus had the same issues with the Pharisees. There they were, touting how others should be so good for God. And there they were, praying and bowing, and being SO Holy that they tied their prayers to their heads in a box. And yet, there they were, the first to judge others. And there they were, the first to condemn others. And there they were, the last to lift a finger to help those who couldn’t help themselves.
Today Jesus reminds us – that He isn’t looking for our Holiness.
But He IS looking – for our Helpfulness!
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