22nd January

Tomorrow I will fly to Hythe, Kent to fill-in for a colleague who is having an extended holiday in the Philippines. I will be returning to the parish here in Donegal on March 19th – apart from one ‘flying’ visit at the end of February to get the next prescription of my maintenance medicine.

In recent daily gospel passages Jesus has been running into heavy weather with the JewishFather elders and Pharisees. They see him as not being serious enough about the Law which for them is a primary way to reach God. Jesus on the other hand in establishing a Kingdom where ultimately God is Father rather than Judge. Having said this, the law is still important insofar as it serves our relationship with our Father. If we don’t respect our Father’s revelation of right and wrong, then we are not really respecting him either.

Today’s reading for Mid Morning Prayer deals with trying to get this balance right.

You were called, as you know, to liberty [from a harsh legalism]; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarised in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself. (Galatians 5:13-14)

Lord, I have walked the path of your commandments,

for you have set my heart free.