“You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” Jesus went on to say, “How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!”
The Pharisees were “either-or” type people. Either you followed the law or you didn’t. Jesus was a “both-and” person. He could both follow the law and break the law when situations called for love over law. The rules and rituals are good when they open the way for us to have a stronger relationship with God. They should point us to God. Father Thomas Keating writes: “Christian tradition is not merely a handing on of various doctrines and rituals. It is the handing on of the experience of the living Christ, revealed in Scripture, preserved in sacraments, renewed in every act of prayer, and present in a special way in the major events of our lives. If we are open and available to this presence, our lives will be transformed.” Rituals and traditions are meant to transform us and make us more loving of others. Love is the objective. Jesus said the greatest commandment is: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
Suggested song of the day– “Love God” on the Live to Love album.
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Remember…God Loves you!