FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
9 JUNE 2021 Wednesday 10
WORD of the DAY
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.” (Mt 5: 17-19)
How shall I live this Word?
We are called by Jesus to announce that the kingdom of heaven is near, to be witnesses that He makes everything new, but this does not mean that He has abolished the law of the old covenant established between God and His people. Jesus clarifies that, on the contrary, He does not abolish the ancient law since there is only one law that must be fulfilled in every aspect, even the smallest, and that indeed He will bring it to a perfect fulfillment. It is therefore not a question of a ‘better’ law but rather a ‘better justice’ than the justice of the scribes and Pharisees that had ‘legalized’ God. Nor, on the other hand, must the disciples separate God from His law. “Jesus means two things to His disciples. On the one hand that being bound to the law does not yet mean being obedient, but also that the fact of being bound to the person of Jesus, without being so to the law, does not mean being obedient” (D. Bonhoeffer). The ‘best justice’ consists in living the beatitudes, in the concretization of the ‘golden rule’ thus affirmed by Jesus: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets”(Mt 7:12).
Lord Jesus, make me understand that only love encloses every law, overcomes it, and brings it to its authentic fulfillment.
The Voice of Aristotle, Philosopher
If love prevailed on earth, all laws would be superfluous!
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