In the Gospel today, Luke tells us Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely. These are people who had been watching Jesus, not because they believe in him, but because they want to see how they can accuse him. But Jesus shows them the error they have with regards to interpreting the Law. They were meticulous in following the Law that they forgot the cause of the Sabbath: freedom and liberation from bondage. Jesus shows them the true meaning of the Sabbath when he healed the man with dropsy.
This is one of the pitfalls of a follower of Jesus. We may think we know what God wants, and may be thoroughly convinced we are right. Yet, are we? The Pharisees and lawyers were experts of the Law and Prophets yet, they were mistaken in their interpretation. This attitude of I know what God thinks, pulls us down and away from the will of God because with this attitude, God has to conform to what I want, what I think and what I do.
St Paul knows this is normal in a Christian’s life which is why he prayed: that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
We will not get everything right in terms of what God wants. And God knows that. The important thing is to be open and willing to admit we are not perfect and what we have is love for God. This love for God leads us to knowledge and full insight to help us determine God’s will. We are not called to be perfect. We are called to be holy and this is achieved by loving God through Jesus Christ.
Lord, teach me to love you so I may give glory to you.