In my “Little Black Book” that I got for Lent this year, for March 8, it says:
“Jesus was not anti-Sabbath. What he opposed were regulations that were added to the Sabbath law, and which interfered with it’s purpose - namely, to provide a welcome break from work every seventh day.
Disputes arose over what constituted work. Could animals be feed on the Sabbath? Could people travel? Legal interpretations were handed down, and a complicated tangle of Sabbath laws developed. The liberating spirit of the law - which seemed so simple (take a day off) - gave way to a fear of breaking one of the detailed Sabbath rules.”
Question: Jesus gave Peter the power of binding and loosing. Is this the measure by which His Church is to retain the spirit of the law? For example, the changes in Vatican ll, I believe, were made, partly, to “retain the spirit of the law”.
If not, what measure did he give for “a complicated tangle of laws” not to interfere with the spirit of the law again.