The good news for the day March 22, 2017
Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent (239)
Jesus says to his followers: “Don’t think I have come to get rid of what you have learned from tradition—Law and its prophets. I have come not to get rid of them but to give them deeper understanding. The fact is—I’m telling you—till sky and earth pass away, not one bit of a letter of how to do things right (the law) goes away, till it all gets applied. So, whoever misinterprets the smallest guideline—and misleads others into doing so—will be considered insignificant in the realm of what’s right. But whoever gets them done and teaches them that way will be considered significant in the Kingdom of heaven. I am telling you the fact: unless your “justice” –your fixing God’s world—means more than that of educated people (scribes) and religious leaders (Pharisees), you will not get into the realm of what’s right.” (Matthew 5)
What does “law” really mean? What is justice? How different is “law” and “justice” from today’s culture? Do you think about it?
A LAW is a guideline. People complain of “smorgasbord” religion. In fact, every Christian picks verses and guidelines they find more meaningful than others. Many Christians concern themselves with public political issues of morality, but neglect the Sermon on the Mount—to be poor in spirit, to forgive or to accept criticism—and to repent. You and I practice “buffet” law. We try to choose guidelines of God’s love—but neglect ones uncomfortable.
In the bible, JUSTICE means fixing God’s creation. It may mean suffering—but not punishment (reserved for enemies of the Chosen People). Biblical justice is love in action—the same as “Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God’s justice is not outward obedience to law! It is your commitment to find and do the Will of your Father—to love God and neighbor. Love is God’s justice. Biblical justice is your expression of God’s love in this world. It may be small—but little things are important—a small act of kindness can ripple into great consequences; a small act of disdain works the opposite.