July 7, 2018
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” (Matthew 9:14-17)
In today’s reading from Matthew, we once again see the actions of Jesus and His disciples called into question. The Jews were keeping a close eye on Jesus and His followers. This group did not seem concerned about abiding by the Jewish laws and traditions. Why did they choose to ignore these laws?
When Jesus responded to this question, He did not dismiss Jewish law, but simply explained that His disciples were staying focused on what was most important – in this case, time with Him.
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 were to get so caught up in all of these “rules” that we lost 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 what is most important, not cause us to lose sight of it.