Jesus Finds Joy In All His Work

Once when John's disciples and the Pharisees were keeping a fast, people

came to Jesus and said, "Why do the disciples of John and the disciples

of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"

Jesus said to them, "Can guests fast at a wedding while the bridegroom

is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot

fast. But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from

/> them; then they will fast. No one sews a piece of new cloth on an old

coat; otherwise the patch breaks away from it, the new from the old, and

the tear is made worse. No man pours new wine into old wine-skins;

otherwise the new wine bursts the skins, and both the wine and the

wine-skins are lost. Instead new wine is poured into fresh wine-skins."

One Sabbath Jesus was walking through the grain-fields; and his

disciples, as they made their way through, began to pull off the heads

of the grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Sir, why are they doing things

that on the Sabbath are unlawful?" He said to them, "Have you never read

what David did when he and his followers were in need and hungry? how he

went into the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the

holy bread which only the priests are allowed to eat, and gave it also

to those who were with him?"

And Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for

the Sabbath; so that the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath."

At another time he went into a synagogue. A man was there whose hand was

shrivelled. And they watched Jesus to see whether he would heal him on

the Sabbath day, that they might bring a charge against him. Jesus said

to the man whose hand was shrivelled, "Rise and come forward." Then he

said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good or to do harm?

To save life or to kill? Who of you, if he has but one sheep and it

falls into a hole on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it

out? Is not a man of much greater value than a sheep?" But they did not

answer. Then looking around upon them with sorrow and indignation

because they had no sympathy, he said to the man, "Stretch out your

hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was entirely cured. But the

Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against

him, how they might put him out of the way.