1 Sam 16:1:13 / Mark 2:23-28
If we were to think of an example of a dilemma, then we need look no further than in the 1st reading.
The prophet Samuel was in a dilemma. A dilemma can be described as a difficult or perplexing situation or problem.
He was told by God to anoint someone that He had chosen to be king. Yet Samuel was well aware that he was under the watchful eyes of king Saul.
Though he was faced with such a dilemma, God was the one who showed him the way out of that situation.
The solution is none other than that of a religious one - to offer sacrifice. Well, what other solutions would one expect from God other than a religious one.
Certainly, with God it is always a religious solution.
What we heard about in the gospel was a religious problem - the picking of corn on the Sabbath, which was something forbidden, though we are not sure where was it stated that it was forbidden.
We too have our religious problems in our day, e.g. "Is it ok to work on Sundays?"; "Can priests be involved in politics?" ; "Why can't women become priests?"
These questions may sound simple but the answers are certainly difficult.
These and such other questions indeed put us into a dilemma for answers.
But like in the case of Samuel, God is always offering us the religious solution rather than a logical rational answer.
When we turn to God to show us the way out of a dilemma, God's solution far surpasses our human logical rational thinking. Though it will certainly entail some sacrifice.
For God's ways are far above our ways, His thoughts far surpasses our thoughts.