The Christian church in Rome insists that adopting the Jewish religious laws are a pre-condition for following the way of Jesus. Paul disagrees: “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. The life of a Jesus-follower is larger than the limits set by the observance of the Jewish religious rules: ” you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit” . This life begins not when a person has learned the rules, but when the Divine Spirit touches our lives: “he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you”.
Here is the challenge: Pentecost is on its way! The Divine Spirit is already at work within you. Surrender to the work God, and worry less about keeping the rules.
"dilige et quod vis fac." : Love and then what you will, do.
Augustine of Hippo In epistulam Ioannis ad Parthos
Third Sunday of EasterThe Lord is with us
Scripture reading taken from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants p.154