Gospel of Luke 6:6-11 Reflection:
Today, the Lord gives us a lesson in attitudes; the poor old Pharisees are tied down by the Law and Jesus comes along and makes a big hole in all they believe. It is a simple and ordinary situation: Jesus is in the synagogue and a man needs cured.
For the Pharisee the Law was more important than the man. For Jesus the Law is there to guide us, not to rule us.
That is the essential difference between those who would beat you down with the Law and those who see the Law as a guide to life. We still have such people today and in fact we can often use the Law and the rules to condemn others.
When it suits us we can be very harsh in our attitude and we can feel justified and superior pointing out some small rule that the person is guilty of breaking. All the while we miss the big things that we ourselves are doing.
Jesus faced the Pharisees head on: he questioned them in ways that they could not answer and which only showed the hypocrisy of their mind-set.
We must always be on our guard for the thinking of the Pharisee in our own lives. It slips in so easy when we are pointing the finger at our neighbour.
Lord, forgive me for the many times I do it!