22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time B21
“Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law I am setting before you today?” (Deuteronomy 4: 8) What statutes and decrees (the whole law) are so just as to make other nations envious?
Keeping the Torah (Law) was not about self-preservation or self-perfection but is about having a right relationship with God, with oneself, and your neighbor which also includes non-human life and all of nature/creation. Following the Law is to practice justice for the disenfranchised, the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the stranger including people considered “aliens”, those fleeing from political, social or religious oppression. The Law was seen as a good thing, bringing life and well-being. Of course, the Law as first written showed biases, for example, gender and patriarchy as we saw last week.