Lenten Devotion: Saturday, March 7

Psalm 55 Psalm 138Psalm 139:1-23Genesis 41:1-131 Corinthians 4:1-7Mark 2:23—3:6

The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath. .
Mark 2:27

The passage in the reading from the book of Mark is about rules. Rules, not laws. The Law comes from God. What Jesus is dealing with are rules. The Jewish faith was full of rules, rules that were made by the Pharisees that were intended to help the good Jew keep the Law, but more often than not, ended up blinding them as to what the real purpose of the Law was. Christianity, like Judaism, is also full of rules created to help us as we try to follow Jesus and serve Him. My grandfather was a very religious person and a very good person. He loved to play solitaire, but not on Sunday. His branch of the Christian faith had a rule against playing cards on Sunday. I had friends whose religion had a rule that forbade dancing.

As we make our journey of faith, our human weakness is always a problem. Like the Jews, we need rules to help us. But, to paraphrase what Jesus says in the passages from Mark, “Rules were made for humans, not humans for the rules.” We must never allow the rules to become more important than the work Christ calls us to do.