Monday 24 October 2022
St Anthony Claret
Ephesians 4:32 – 5:8. Behave like God as his very dear children – Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Luke 13:10-17.
Do not make the law a burden on the impulse to do good
Today, in the Ephesians passage, St Paul speaks to the Ephesian Christians as ‘beloved children’ and encourages them to be ‘children of the light’. It is amusing to consider the censorship warnings on films and television: ‘mature themes’, ‘adults only’ and so on. At times, ‘mature themes’ entertainment can obscure the truths of human impulses, and even become quite boring. In contrast, children’s stories cut to the truth of existence more knowingly. In the passage from Luke, Jesus cuts to the truth as well, bypassing the legal niceties of the leader of the synagogue, to the nub of what matters: the woman suffers, she needs healing; no nonsense. This is not to diminish the law of God, for as the psalm encourages us, we should delight in it. Yes, delight in the law, but do not make it a burden on, or a source of condemnation of, the impulse to do good.