Sunday, May 22, 2022

Better than Pharisees Part 1

After Matthew 5:17-26

We know the law exists

for a reason, or perhaps

two or three, like to provide

guardrails, or enshrine

proper behavior by setting

penalties for the improper,

or regulating behavior

by encouraging one thing

and discouraging another.

Law is how we function,

emphasis on “we.” So

it is a surprise to listen

in expectation of how

the law will be replaced,

and, instead, be told

the expected revolution 

won’t overthrow the law

but in fact fulfill it, that

not a single command

or provision of the law

will disappear until what

is ordained is accomplished.

You have to be better than

Pharisees! Even Pharisees

have to be better than Pharisees!

And you say, how does

that make any sense, and

what’s the point of trying

to obey something no one

can obey? The answer is,



Photograph by Bill Oxford via Unsplash. Used with permission.

1 comment:

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Another marvelous poem. Thanks, Glynn!