Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to remove but to fulfill them. I tell you this: as long as heaven and earth last, not the smallest letter or stroke of the Law will change until all is fulfilled. So then, whoever breaks the least important of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys them and teaches others to do the same will be great in the kingdom of heaven».
Many of us are happy to follow what is already established, and sometime we believe what is transmitted to us is still the best way of doing. The tradition (the law) is important. However, if we don’t know the history of this tradition, and fail to analyse, why, how and who has established these traditions, and what was the fixed finality of that time and what is the finality today, the beautiful life itself will be turned into routine and won’t allow us to cherish it in its fullness. Any change will be, then considered as a danger to its very existence.
Today Jesus is helping us to look every aspect of our personal and social life with this newness so that our spiritual life could give them the best divine orientation. He has taught us, how to look towards the Father, with the same newness. He is inviting each and every one of us to do a sincere examination of conscience and find out by ourselves, whether we live according to the will of the Father, or according to the law and regulation established. Though these laws and regulations were given to us through the hands of prophets and saints, God will still ask us to do the examination of conscience, because the time has changed, the established and accepted social equilibrium is different.
The best way to do is to look at Jesus and all that Jesus has taught us. These teachings are for an eternity, has a universal value, beyond any time, place, people and culture. He has reduced all then complicated laws into two. One is oriented to God and the other is how to reach God through our brothers and sisters: ETERNAL LOVE. The best one apply this law in the personal life, the great will be in the Kingdom of God. Have a wonderful day.
«Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have come to fulfill them»
Fr. Vicenç GUINOT i Gómez
(Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain)
Today the different religions are highly respected. They all express man's quest of transcendence, of the great beyond, of the everlasting realities. And yet, in Christianism, plunging its roots in Judaism, this phenomenon is the other way round: it is God Who is in quest of man.
As John Paul II reminded us, God wants to get closer to man. God wants to address him his words, to show him his face for He is seeking closeness with him. This becomes a reality with the people of Israel, people chosen by God to receive his words. This is Moses' own experience when he says: «What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord, our God, is near us whenever we pray to him?» (Deut 4:7). And, even then, the psalmist says «God has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his law» (Ps 147:19-20).
Therefore, Jesus, with his presence, abides by God's wish to get closer to man. This is why He says «Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to remove but to fulfill them» (Mt 5:17). He comes to enrich us, to enlighten us, so that men come to know God's true face and may enter in closeness with him.
In this way, to ignore God's suggestions, no matter how insignificant, involves a very paltry knowledge of God which, in turn, involves being considered as small in the Kingdom of Heaven. In this connection, Saint Theophilus of Antioch, said «God is seen only by those who can see him; all they need is to have the eyes of the spirit opened (...), but some men have them blurred».
In our prayer we are aiming to faithfully follow the indications of our Lord. Thus, we shall have a greater closeness with him and, therefore, we shall be considered big in the Kingdom of Heaven.