Rules can help - or hinder

Post date: Feb 9, 2018 3:55:14 PM

11 February 2018 ( 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

[Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46] [1 Corinthians 10:31 - 11:1] [Mark 1:40-45]

We are all bound by rules of some form or other. There are school rules and traffic rules. And when we join a club or download a computer application, there are more rules to follow. What should our attitude be towards rules? This week's readings show two contrasting situations. First, in St Paul's letter to the Corinthians we have a situation where mature Christians may consume food offered to idols. This is be cause they know that there is only one God, and therefore the idols are non-gods. But in order not to cause a scandal among new Christians, Paul says that mature Christians should willingly refrain from eating it. In contrast the gospel passage tells of a leper who broke the law by leaving the leper's colony to approach Jesus for a cure. And Jesus, instead of condemning the man for breaking the confinement law, cured him of his disease. Rules are generally made to uphold public order and safety, and to protect the rights and interests of various parties. But certain laws need to be reconsidered if they go against the law of charity towards our neighbor.

Rules can respect - or hinder