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Proper 4

Mark 2:23- 3:6

Gaze on a wheat field, glowing under the sun, ready for harvest. The stalks are bowing down almost in prayer, ready for reaping. The field is so full and sturdy and dense that all the footpaths that run across it are hidden. So Jesus walks straight through, as if in a hurry to reach his destination. As the disciples follow him, they pick at ears of corn. What is their motive? Are these just simple snacks, thoughtlessly chosen? Surely not on the Sabbath, for they would know from childhood how frowned upon this would be. Are they really so desperately hungry that that they will break the religious rules? Or are they deliberately provoking the establishment, wishing to challenge the old ways that governed and spoiled life for so many?...

Taken from Gazing on the Gospels Year B by Judith Dimond

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