Not Rules but Discernment (Sat. Oct. 9)

The word of the day for Saturday, October 9 is “lawful.”  In today’s reading of 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, St. Paul answers the question of eating meat once sacrificed to idols.  The Apostle writes, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful” (vs. 23).  “All things are lawful…”?  Yes.  “For freedom, Christ has set us free” (Romans 13:9 CSB).  He has liberated us from the accusations, guilt, condemnation, and futile works of earning righteousness.  We are free of its control. And No.  The baptized have one overarching and all-encompassing commandment.  The Orthodox Study Bible comments, “Christians are obligated to obey only one law: the law of Christ, the law of love” (OSB fn. 1 Cor. 10:23-24).  It…