Gospel, Mark 2:23–3:6

It happened that one Sabbath day he was taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples began to make a path by plucking ears of corn.

And the Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing something on the Sabbath day that is forbidden?’

And he replied, ‘Have you never read what David did in his time of need when he and his followers were hungry-

how he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the loaves of the offering which only the priests are allowed to eat, and how he also gave some to the men with him?’

And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath;

so the Son of man is master even of the Sabbath.’

Another time he went into the synagogue, and there was a man present whose hand was withered.

And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath day, hoping for something to charge him with.

He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and stand in the middle!’

Then he said to them, ‘Is it permitted on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’ But they said nothing.

Then he looked angrily round at them, grieved to find them so obstinate, and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

The Pharisees went out and began at once to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.

The Gospel of the Lord