Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Matthew 5: 17-19


What is it about rules and regulations that stir up so many mixed feelings among people? I suggest that it isn’t so much about disagreement that we need to have such structures, as it is strong disagreement and experiences about how such rules and regulations have been and still are being used as control and weapons of power against peoples’ rights and access to justice, compassion and freedom.

We look at what is happening daily to note international political abuses of power, to see refugee rights ignored, and to see the results of tragic road traumas caused by abuse of drugs, alcohol, and flagrant breaks of road safety laws. Violent street attacks and home invasions, domestic violence and abuse, all via with greedy cost of living increases in grabbing the headlines. Perhaps personal trauma adds to communal memory. Laws are a necessary aspect in structuring our social life, our community living and our personal well-being, but in many situations, is their use serving God’s purpose; or are they weapons of power, greed, and control?

Jesus promised that in keeping his law close to our hearts and in our daily lives, we will truly love and bring about freedom and life for ourselves and others., fulfilling God’s purpose for us all. Becoming Jesus’ disciples calls us to follow his way, to follow his guide of love, compassion, and justice. Whether I am celibate, professed, ordained, single or in a committed relationship, how do I embrace the regulations that guide my life each day? Do I see them as offering me choices and structures in which I can grow to be more loving and caring? Or do I resent such restrictions or defy them in selfish or destructive ways for myself or others? Am I able to see and call out any person or situation that uses the law as a weapon or judges cruelly people or situations that need love, justice and compassion?

What is it in speaking about the law in this way that resonates with me today?

Pam Storey is a member of the Passionist Faith Community at Holy Cross, Templestowe, and one of the founding members of Passionist Companions. After a very active and varied family, church and working life, Pam is now focusing on developing a slow spirituality.