How does love relate to law? The two can seem opposed, a contrast to one another. Love is a romantic dinner for two on a veranda overlooking the Seine. Law is a solemn old man in a black robe, sitting behind a high podium with police officers at his side.
The Readings for this Sunday insist that law and love, as strange as it may seem, are ultimately united. Without love, law is cold. Without law, love is mere emotion. The Readings show the unity of the Old and New Testaments in pointing to the love of God as the highest law.