Saturday 9 September 2023

About Today Readings

St Peter Claver

Colossians 1:21-23. God himself is my help – Psalm 53(54):3-4, 6, 8. Luke 6:1-5.

The Law should not stand in the way of doing good

Recently, a student asked me probing questions about the relationship of the Mosaic Law to the Christian covenant. It’s not so easy to cover all the intricacies of that relationship, and there are better biblical scholars who can go further than I could. But today’s readings express this, at least: that God takes sin seriously, so seriously that he gave up his own son, an extension of himself, to death inside the world, to reconcile an estranged people. The message was clear: evil demands a price. If he takes sin seriously, he also takes the Law seriously. For Jesus, Law was good, but it should not stand in the way of doing good or doing what is necessary and sensible. ‘The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath’ (where Sabbath also stands for the whole Law) says Law is good, but the Son of Man – Divine Love personified – can fulfill it in a unique loving way for a Godly purpose.


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