FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time
June 10, 2020
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 it. (Matthew: 5-17)
How shall I live this Word?
This verse reminds us of a passage, which is not only that from the Old Testament to the New Testament, but it is the passage from the law to grace, the passage from living in a cold, superficial, negative way that is looking at the ‘No’, but rather, going more in depth by choosing the ‘Yes’, choosing the life present in the things themselves. Any rule helps me choose between a good and a ‘less good’. Understanding this in the rule leads me to freely choose the good. I do not abolish the command, which is a teacher, but I go further.
This is the passage that grows in human heart with their maturity: a passage from having to do things, to doing things because they are taken with conviction and love, because they are recognized as a source of life. The fullness of the grace that surrounded us in Jesus, indicate to our heart the path of good and strengthen the will to carry it out!
The path of Your Love is the path to freedom! Help us to ‘do’ Your Will!
The voice of Pope Francis, Angelus, Sunday 12 February 2017
Jesus came to bring complete fulfillment and to definitively promulgate the law of God, right down to the last iota (cf. v. 18). He manifests the original purposes and fulfills the authentic aspects, and does all this through His preaching and even more by offering Himself on the cross. Thus Jesus teaches how to do God’s will fully and uses this word: with a “higher justice” than that of the scribes and Pharisees (see v. 20). A justice animated by love, charity, mercy, and therefore capable of realizing the substance of the commandments, avoiding the risk of formalism. Formalism: this I can, this I cannot; up to here I can, up to here I can’t … No more, no more.
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