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Here is today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. Then he took him and healed him, and let him go. And he said to them, “Which of you, having an ass or an ox that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this’.

Another text reads, ‘For the Son of Man is Lord also of the sabbath’. This was when the disciples were plucking ears of corn on the sabbath, and were challenged by the Pharisees. It is clear that the works of mercy and charity take precedence.

May we follow this guidance this day in our own lives, remembering that we ourselves have received so much mercy, and may God bless you this day.