Sunday, June 12, 2005
Jesus challenged the power elite of Israel, directly in the synagogue; he challenged them publicly and unambiguously, performing with blatant openness the very act they had wanted to catch him doing. Why did Jesus do this? Because the Sabbath was given to men and women for their own good, and yet the Pharisees forbade that good be done on it.
Law exists for people, not than people for law. When law is so structured that it no longer serves the good of citizens; when it is manipulated, controlled by the very few, when it imposes unconscionable burdens on the majority, when it perpetuates and institutionalizes poverty and oppression, the nation requires people who will unmask the evil and confront the evil-doers . . . and the patron saint of these people of course . . . is Jesus of Nazareth.