October 11, 2016
After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. (Luke 11:37-41)
In today’s reading from Luke, the actions of Jesus were called into question. The Jews were keeping a close eye on Jesus and His followers. This ragtag group did not seem concerned about abiding by the Jewish laws and traditions. Why did they choose to ignore these laws?
Jesus did not dismiss Jewish law, but emphasized through His actions that He and His disciples were staying focused on what was most important.
We are a Church of many customs, traditions, and rites, all of which are important and enhance our faith. Jesus would tell us that if we get so caught up in these “rules” that we lose sight of loving God with all of our heart and loving our neighbor as ourselves, then our priorities are misplaced.
The laws of the Church are put in place to help us focus on the things that are most important, not cause us to lose sight of them.