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: You can all comfortably breathe a huge sigh of relief, just as the Disciples and all of the other followers of Jesus did after they heard this. “I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” When we read this, we become empowered with the strength of the Holt Spirit knowing that the confidence in our mind and the warmheartedness, we felt in our soul, is true. Jesus is, preparing us and the Disciples, for that moment, soon to come, that will shake that confidence to the very core of our hearts. To give us this beautiful soul, the Son of God, and then to watch the brutal end of his human body…. all for us, will test our trust, in that same God. But following Our Lord in this life also requires us to adhere to His laws and experiencing sometimes painful changes to our thoughts and actions as we are slowly transformed into the saints he calls us to be. It also adds to the immense responsibility that is given to each of us to live and obey the commandments he has given, to each of us, to uphold. Our baptism anointed us all to be Priest, Prophet, and King.
Action of the Day: This week test yourself by reviewing, with your family, the Ten Commandments. Can you name them all from memory, by heart, and how well are you living them as they are interpreted in this day and age. Where can you grow and improve in your quest to be called the greatest in the kingdom of heaven!