A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 20 July

Isaiah 38:1-6,21-22,7-8, Canticle Isaiah, Matthew 12:1-8

Law and Mercy

There is an unpleasant trait in us, even in children, and certainly in me, which can enjoy feeling smug when other people break rules or laws. So nice to feel virtuous! Jesus never condemned the Jewish Law, but he had no patience with those who misused it or put it above all else. We need laws of course, but there are higher values, such as mercy and understanding. ‘Never judge a man till you have walked a mile in his moccasins’ says a Red Indian proverb. Good advice for today!

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