What really matters?

Once when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and asked, “Why don’t your disciples fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees do?”

How can the wedding guests fast while they’re celebrating with the groom?” asked Jesus. “No, they can’t fast while the groom is still with them, but when the groom is taken away from them, then they will fast.

“And another thing, who would patch up old clothing with new material? If they did, the new patch would shrink in the wash and pull away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.

“And no one would put new wine into old wineskins, for the wine would burst the wineskins, and both the wine and the skins would both be lost. No, new wine is put into new wineskins.”

One Sabbath day, as Jesus was walking through the cornfields, his disciples began to pick some ears of corn to eat. The Pharisees saw them and said to Jesus, “Look, why are they breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

“Haven’t you ever read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?” asked Jesus. “in the days when Abiathar was high priest, David went into the temple and broke the ceremonial law by eating the sacred loaves of bread, which only priests are allowed to eat. And he also gave some to his friends.”

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Mark

 

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