FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Wednesday of Lent, March 27, 2019
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. 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.
(Matthew 5: 17-19)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus did not come to abolish the law, the law is good, it commands what makes life grow and forbids what diminishes it.
He did not come to abolish it, it would have been like distorting good into evil and vice versa. Jesus came to free us from the slavery of the law, giving it the opportunity to overcome itself by reaching its end. In fact behind the law, which forbids that which brings death, there is the Lord who gives life and raises from the dead. Behind the word that condemns transgression, there is the Father who forgives the transgressor. Jesus helps us to go into the depths of a norm and to rediscover that behind the teacher of the law, there is the Love of a Father who helps us to be His children.
Your Words Lord are spirit and life, You have the words of eternal life.
THE VOICE OF Pope Francis – Angelus February 16, 2014
From all this we understand that Jesus does not simply give importance to disciplinary observance and external conduct. He goes to the root of the Law, focusing above all on the intention and therefore on the human heart, from where our good or evil actions take origin. To obtain good and honest behavior, legal norms are not enough, but deep motivations are needed, an expression of a hidden wisdom, the Wisdom of God, which can be accepted thanks to the Holy Spirit. And we, through faith in Christ, can open ourselves to the action of the Spirit, which enables us to live divine love. In light of this teaching, every precept reveals its full significance as a need for love, and all are reunited in the greatest commandment: love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.
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Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA