The Gospel According to Matthew 5:17-19
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until Heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Reflection: Rabboni is a Jewish title of respect that is applied to spiritual leaders in the time of Jesus. It is the key to this reading from Matthew. Many of His disciples called Him by this title. As disciples of Christ, we too are entrusted to continue sharing these sacred words with every creature. And the best way to teach, is by the way we lead our lives, by our example.
Those who do not practice what they preach were known as Pharisees, and we have learned how popular they were and none of us really wants to be known as fake or insincere. There is also a very stern warning to those who would disobey these Commandments or cause others to do the same.
Jesus came to fulfill these sacred teachings, and he tells us that God’s plan will not come to His ultimate conclusion until ALL the parts of his plan have been placed in their exact location at the exact moment that thy were prophesized.
God gave us this covenant, this promise to us to be part of his Kingdom. All we have to do is to live our lives by the very simple laws of the Commandments that he gave to Moses, with the exception of the one He added, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Action of the Day: Today, in your prayers, ask God to help you find your talent that is unique to you, that gift from the Holy Spirit. Like fingerprints that are different from anyone else and that is only yours. This special gift that God gave you, use that talent to help bring others into God’s Kingdom.