The readings for Wednesday, March 22, ask us to reflect on the law. We know how hard it is to think about laws because we hate being told what to do, be honest. But in this present time in history, our understanding and appreciation for laws are being sorely tried.
We rant and rave about the laws and how unfair they are, etc, etc, and rightfully so. Man-made laws are unfair, every day in every way. God’s laws, not so much.
Laws from the Old Covenant said, “Thou shalt not kill.” They did not say thou shalt not kill humans but animals are fair game; or thou shalt not kill white people and all others are up for grabs. The law said “Thou shalt not kill.” How did that get changed?
Jesus preached a law that said “Love thy neighbors.” Jesus did not say love the ones who look like you or go to the same church as you. Jesus said “Love thy neighbors.” So even if we move, we will still have neighbors.
Most human laws take the Old Covenant and the words of Jesus and make them fit the powerful who mold and shape them to their specificity. If those who are less powerful don’t happen to agree with the laws? Somehow they become convinced that someone, somewhere, will look out for them. That is pretty much how we have ended up with the world we have right now.
Today’s readings show us the development of God’s laws in our lives. With the Old Covenant the foundation for how we were meant to live in this world with nature and with people was carefully laid. Jesus took that foundation, strengthened it, and gave us the tools to build a better world on it. How are we doing, Lord?