Saturday of the 22 week in ordinary time ‘b’
Some people are just too scrupulous. In fact, I knew a person that would go to confession almost each week, write down all of their mistakes and sins and, on the top of that, that person would confess things that were not necessarily sinful. The person would say: I am not sure if this is a sin, but just in case, I wanted to mention it. This person was afraid that they would be punished for not confessing all of the sins along with describing all the details. We can’t be too scrupulous because then we may become obsessed with our little mistakes and sins. Yes, we should avoid any occasions to sin and yes, we should go to confession. There are times, however, when we don’t always remember everything we have done. Or we may have done something wrong, but simply by not giving it enough though – that’s OK. It happens. Jesus knows us well. He knows that you and I mean well, but sometimes sin just happens. Similarly, think what happens to the disciples in the Gospel reading when they became hungry and simply started going through the field and picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Unfortunately for them, it was on the Sabbath, a day on which no work can be done! So, after they were accused by some Pharisees, Jesus simply said: it is OK, it happens, they were just hungry, don’t be too scrupulous.