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Missing the Forest for the Trees

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September 3, Saturday,22nd Week in Ordinary Time/St. Gregory the Great, pope& doctor
Daily readings:  1Corinthians 4: 6-15& Luke 6:1-5

“Why do you do what is forbidden on the Sabbath?”

I once read an anecdote about a family. It was when Dr. Benjamin Spoke’s book Baby and Child Care was the ultimate word on child care. Like many mothers of that time, the first-time mother in the story also had her book copy. One day, her newborn baby was crying relentlessly.

The baby had slept well and was fed well on waking. Why does it cry again? The mother turned to the book to find out. And the baby went on crying. All along, the grandmother was watching the scene. Finally, losing patience, the grandmother shouted at the mother: “For heaven’s sake, drop the book and pick up the child!”

The Pharisees in today’s gospel are like the first-time mother in the story. Their heads are buried in the law that they fail to look up at the disciples and see their human needs. By focusing on the minutiae, they missed the larger picture.

How often did I miss practicing corporal works of mercy due to some rules I needed to follow?


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