Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Mark (2: 23-28) in which Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees about the actions of his disciples as they pass through a cornfield.
Fr Paul says, Mark’ account of this Gospel is different from Matthew’s; instead of eating the corn, they are pulling it up in order to make their way through.
A distinct feature of this Gospel is the use of the term ‘Son of Man’. Jesus uses this term so that he is not pushing himself forward, especially as he talks of his authority and passion. Jesus uses this term ‘Son of Man’ on fourteen different occasions in various Gospels and it seems he is referring to himself, although scholars are still debating whether Jesus was making such claims. The term ‘Son of Man’ is an Aramaic expression for human being.
For our reflection today, Fr Paul invites us to reflect on ‘How can I better live out the human qualities that Jesus lived when he was here with us?’