Jesus fulfills


March 10, 2021 

Third Wednesday of Lent

WORD of the DAY 

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

How shall I live this Word?   

What does it mean to ‘fulfill’? It means to bring to full measure. In Jesus, human adherence to the word of God was only ‘Yes’. In fact within the multiplicity of interpretative schools stating that without interpretation Scripture is not alive,  the evangelist Matthew presents Jesus as the perfect interpreter of it, capable of revealing in unequivocal terms the will of God underlying every Word of God, well-hidden even in the smallest letter, dash, comma of the reality of God’s alphabet. Jesus is the ‘fulfilled’ comment of the unconditional love of the Father. From this beacon of light that is His existence as Son, all human realities also draw their own figure of fulfillment, even our little history. Every corporeal reality has in itself a vital core, and some inert material. And it is necessary to discern well. ‘Fulfilling’ means grasping the vital part of a reality and bringing its dynamics to their ultimate consequences, even with the necessary transformative steps (like a caterpillar into a butterfly). Understanding this is very important today to find the method of opening ourselves in truth to God’s future.

Lord, our God, who reveals the fullness of your word in the new justice achieved by gratuitous love, give us your Spirit which alone can give fullness to our fragile life. Through Jesus, your Son and our Lord.

The Voice of  a Teacher

What does Christian originality consist of? Like the prophets who preceded Him, Jesus also strove to recover the center of God’s will, that is, the primacy of charity. Everything must be read in the light of this center, and everything must be evaluated against it. The message of Jesus is in continuity with the Old Testament; it recovers its center and tension. And it is new because it is ‘fulfillment’: the Old Testament is by essence an open reality, a beginning, a premise. To be faithful to it, it is therefore necessary to go beyond it in order to bring it to maturity.

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