Wednesday 10th Week of the Year
Jesus didn’t just keep the Law as an end in itself, but he used every one of those laws to help shape his relationship with his Father.
When we woke up this morning,
we knew we had a place to go,
and that was this church.
We got into our car and without realizing it;
we followed a number laws of the road
to reach our destination safely.
An infraction of one of those little laws
could have meant an accident or something worse.
Jesus has a destination for us to reach
and so he has left intact the 10 Commandments
as well as other disciplines of the Church.
Some of these disciplines
like not eating meat on Friday during Lent
are not an end in themselves.
They point to something much more important,
and that is our relationship with God and others.
The people of the Old Testament and in our Lord’s time believed
that fulfilling the Law was all that was required.
The rich young man kept all these laws
but still asked Jesus, “Is that it?”
Something more was in his heart
that longed to be loved by God
and to love God in a personal way.
Laws are there to support us in times of weakness
to know what God requires of us to do
in certain situations to stay in a healthy relationship with him.
That’s why Jesus fulfilled the Law.
He didn’t just keep them for their sake,
but he used every one of them
to help shape his relationship with his Father.
When he was twelve years old
and found in the temple by Mary and Joseph,
“He went back to Nazareth with them and was subject to them.”
Communion with the Lord and other people
is always the end of any law or commandment we keep.
We can see how our relationships become complicated
when we become a law unto ourselves.
A child may not know that a pan on the stove is hot
and must be told not to touch it.
It’s not a command but a warning
that something could be harmful to us.
Laws have a significant role to play in our relationships.
It might be good for us to consider
which laws need our attention to deepen our love for the Lord
and each other.