Re Donald J. Burdick's letter (Dec. 19): Where he believes Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage, his references to Matthew 12 are deeply flawed.
First, there is no presentation of Jesus and the Apostles stealing corn; Mr. Burdick assumes they did with no evidence.
Second, his whole argument is based on Jesus doing "work" on the Sabbath, in apparent violation of Mosaic law. Matthew 5:17 states that Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it, and being God, he broke Pharisaic tradition, not any commandment. Further, Mark 2:27 states, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."
Jesus would not just disapprove of same-sex marriage, he would condemn it, as witnessed in Mark 7, Romans 1, Galatians 5, Ephesians 5, and 1 Corinthians 6.
I would invite Mr. Burdick and other proponents of same-sex marriage who invoke scripture for validation to read the entirety of scripture and understand its context. The Bible beckons followers of Jesus to turn away from immoral behavior and also to encourage others to do the same.
Christopher G. Tasy