Letter or Spirit of the Law
Gospel Reflection MK 2:18-22
Something I encounter on a regular basis is that Christians are too often so focused on the letter of the law, rather than the Spirit for which the law was intended. This is evidenced here by the Pharisees objection to Jesus and his followers not observing their fasting requirements.
So, what is the “Spirit of the Law” ? Another time when Jesus was asked a similar question, he replied that we are to “love God” and “love our neighbors as ourselves,” and that these two concepts embodied the entirety of the Old Testament Law.
In the Christian era we are presented with another paradigm; the Love of God is exemplified in our applying Jesus’s gift of redemption to our individual lives and striving to do the will of the Father. Our love for neighbor is best displayed when we share the love of God for other — presenting the truth we have been handed in the historic deposit of faith.
“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”