A Loving Law
What is the meaning of the law? The law, which includes every rule we create as well. It is to bring order and harmony to our world right? However, it also delivers justice and compensation for those who have been harmed, and those who have intentionally hurt others. What then is the meaning of the law, of our system used to govern and direct the lives we live? It is to find a common peace for everyone, ensuring the best possible happiness for us all as equals. Though in our world today, does the law really reflect true happiness and peace? There are now laws approving Physician Assisted Suicide, as well as those supporting abortion. Now how do these laws reflect happiness and the best outcome for everyone?
Today's Gospel states:'But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets"'(Matthew 22:34-40).
The Pharisees are trying to trick Jesus in this Gospel, asking him which law is the most important. Jesus responds that the most important is to love God, but equally important with that is to love our neighbour. So, the law is about love? We are to love God, and seeing as God is a part of every person, every piece of our existence, to love everything and everyone He has created. If the most important part of being lawful and just in life, then we are to love and bring love to everyone, the way God shows us how to love. How far our world has come from this goal. Take some time today to reflect on some areas you dedicate time and money to in your life, and ensure that it is being loving as God loves you.
Today's prayer comes from 'Knowing Jesus' a prayer for loving our neighbour:
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your deep love towards me and thank You for sending Your only begotten Son, my Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer on the cross for my sake, so that my sins could be forgiven and that I may live with You for ever, in heaven. Lord I know that I do not warrant Your love and yet You have showered unconditional love and grace towards me through Christ – for which I praise and thank You. But Lord You desire all Your children to love others as Christ loved us, but my love is poor and weak and is far removed for all that You desire of me. Fill me I pray with the love of Christ that I may love others in the same way that Christ loved me – so that as Your love pours into my soul, so I may be used as a conduit for Christ’s love to stream out to others with whom I come into contact. Help me to demonstrate Your love not only to those that are lovable, but also to those that who lash out at me through pain or anger, disappointment or loss. May the love of Jesus be manifested in me and may the love of Jesus be distributed, by grace through faith –to all with whom I come in contact, in Jesus name I pray, Amen