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.”
Jesus has come to accomplish the Law, the divine law. The approach of Jesus was little strange for the people who knew how God was working throughout the salvation history. A small change disturbs us, and even more so a new thought and orientation that we are not used to. What should we do about this change? And how can we adopt ourselves to this newness? We must always ask for the will and spirit of the person who instituted this tradition or law that we are faithfully following. Once we are connected to the source, like a branch attached to the vine, this change will not bother us, and we can easily adopt it. So, we need to ask ourselves this question, are we connected to the source?
Action of the day: Remain connected to God.
«I have come not to abolish but to fulfill»
Fr. Miquel MASATS i Roca
Today, we listen to the Lord saying: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets (…) but to fulfill” (Mt 5:17). In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us that the Old Testament is part of the Divine Revelation: First, God made himself known to men through the prophets. The chosen People gathered on Saturdays in the synagogue to listen to God's Word. And just as a good Jew knew the Scriptures and put them into practice, we Christians should frequently meditate —if possible, every day— upon the Scriptures.
In Jesus we have the plenitude of Revelation. He is the Verb, God's Word, that has become flesh, and dwelt among us (cf. Jn 1:14) to let us know He is God and how He loves us. God wants of man a response of love, expressed upon the fulfillment of his teachings: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15).
We can find a good explanation of today's Gospel in St. John's first letter: “For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1Jn 5:3). To keep God's commandments means that we truly love him through our deeds. Love is not only a feeling; love also wants deeds, deeds of love, to live the double precept of charity.
Jesus teaches us the malice of scandal: “Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:19). Because —as St. John says— “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1Jn 2:4).
At the same time, He shows us how important good example is: “But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:19). Good example is the first element of the Christian Apostolate.