The Pharisees in today’s Gospel were making a rather basic human mistake. They were confusing the means with the end. At some point, they had forgotten that the Sabbath was only a means of giving proper worship to God, a means of helping humans to keep things in perspective and not get caught up in everyday pursuits and activities. Once the Sabbath came to be seen as an end in itself, some rather silly things happened. In effect, Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Don’t forget what the Sabbath is all about and don’t forget who’s in charge here.”
Lord Jesus, as we are nourished by the Eucharist and prayer, let us dispose ourselves to be ready for the compassion that cuts through rigid thinking.