Monday, September 5, 2016
Feria for the Monday
Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Once I had a conversation with a friend about some law.
In our conversation he spoke to me about the spirit of the law. I then asked him what he meant by "the spirit of the law." And he told me that it meant the motive of the law, or the reason for the law.
Ever since that conversation, I have always looked for the motive, or reason for a law.
In this morning's gospel, Jesus is being put to the test to see if He would keep the Sabbath. For Jesus' culture, the Sabbath was instituted by God, and so, even healing could not be done on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew the motive for the Sabbath was so that human beings could rest once a week from work. It was never meant to keep us tied-up so that we could not do some common sense thing that needed to be done.
In another context, Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania