“Rules are meant to be broken.” I’ve heard this many times in my life. Heck, it’s come out of my own mouth. But is this really a sage piece of advice? We like to justify why it is good for us to break the law/rule in this one case. However, what if everyone went around breaking laws and rules all the time? What kind of society would that be? It would be chaos. It might be dangerous. When we think of rules, we think of things we shouldn’t do.
This is even how the Ten Commandments may sound. “Thou shall not…” However, Jesus brings a new approach to laws and rules. Rather than focusing on what we shouldn’t do, Jesus says to focus on what we can do. What can we do? What should we do? Should we just not do certain things? This is kind of a bare minimum attitude or approach to life. Rather Jesus wants us to thrive. He tells us not just what not to do, but rather what TO do. He says the key to life is love. First we are to love God. We are to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. This is important. This is first. This is prior. If we don’t first love God, at best, we are a really good person who will probably not go to heaven. (See John 3:16 and other verses, Catechism of the Catholic Church #846-848) Second, we need to love our neighbor as ourselves. We need to remember the Golden Rule…to treat others as we want them to treat us. 1 John 4:8 tells us God is Love. We are made in God’s image. Thus we are created to love and be loved. This is what all morality and virtue is given to us for. To give us the grace, ability, and the discipline to love God and others the way we were created to.