The law is meant to help us live a good life, but sometimes I get stuck in the very thing that’s supposed to help us. That’s the problem with Scribes and Pharisees. They forgot what the law was intended to do. If you are old like me, maybe you remember the old Church law about not eating or drinking after midnight if you were going to receive Holy Communion. How about some poor kid who thinks he swallowed a bit of water brushing his teeth? He was in fear of receiving Jesus.
The law that was supposed to help a person prepare to receive the Body and Blood of Christ became an obsession for many people. The law also kept people away from receiving communion because many people needed to have breakfast. Laws are helpful, but I always need to remember that they are meant to help me DO something.
The way I need to measure my life is by taking a look at whether I live the loving compassion of Jesus. Jesus said, “It doesn’t matter what goes into a person. It’s what comes out of a person that matters.” In all circumstances assure yourself, even in a disagreement, that only God’s goodness comes out of you. As a child of God, I am called to nothing less !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug