Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri

Delores Umbridge, the misguided rule maker in Harry Potter was quite the character. She embodied a person who lived for rules and believed the rules would be a guaranteed pathway to security. But ultimately, her inability to see the reason for the rules caused her to create so many they became so heavy they no longer could be supported. When the rules are so important they outweigh the virtue they support, the same thing happens in our life. Today Jesus reminds us a relationship with him helps us to go beyond the letter of the law to find the Spirit.

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