by Sister Renee Delvaux
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make a decision on following the rule or doing what your heart said? Recently a doctor was stopped by the police for speeding – breaking the law. When the doctor quickly explained that he was on the way to the hospital for an emergency, the officer waved him on. Concern and love superseded the law.
In today’s Gospel Jesus is in conflict with the scribes and Pharisees, being criticized for not observing the law regarding hand washing. Jesus was often challenged for breaking the rules. Recall how he healed on the Sabbath and spoke with the Samaritan woman at the well. Both were no-no’s according to the Jewish law. Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites because they upheld human tradition and laws but disregarded God’s commandments.
Being a Christian involves more than following the rules. It calls for responding in justice and compassion, even if it means disregarding the rules.
Living from a heart of generosity, concern and love are what count.