Sabbath observance starts with a simple rule: “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” When challenged by His critics, Jesus cut through all of the rules. The rules of Sabbath observance were intended to do good rather than evil, to preserve life rather than destroy it. There are times when the rules get in the way of doing good and preserving life. But there are times when we need to cut through the rules in the name of justice and mercy.
Lord Jesus, may we always be sensitive to the needs of others and reach out in love.