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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 18, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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What is the purpose of having laws and why should we obey them? Have we not heard the saying, laws are meant to be broken? Or there are always loopholes in the law we can exploit? What happens then when people disobey or break the law? Simply society as we know it, is plunged into disarray and chaos! How about if just one person breaks it? There are consequences, repercussions and effects that will kick in even though the crime may be or thought to be small. For instance, running a red light because of an important appointment someone knocks down a pregnant woman. The woman survives but loses the child. How many lives are affected? How do we know the child would not have grown up to be a leading scientist that would discover a cure for a dreaded disease in which millions of lives might have been saved?

How precious then is it to know God’s laws and obey them? For what great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him? Our peace, love and joy lie in the heart of our love and relationship with the Lord our God. Breaking God’s laws not only plunges us into a world of darkness, we sever our deep and meaningful relationship with Him. Our sin not only affects us but our family and community in ways we might not even be aware of.

So then if we declare that we love our children dearly and want what is best for them. How can we not teach them to love God and observe all His commandments as best best can? How can we say let them discover the Lord on their own? Or there is lots time for that, they need to be academically sound first. Are we guiding them towards heaven or robbing them of it?

First reading

Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9
Keep these laws and observe them

Moses said to the people:
‘Now, Israel, take notice of the laws and customs that I teach you today, and observe them, that you may have life and may enter and take possession of the land that the Lord the God of your fathers is giving you.
‘See, as the Lord my God has commanded me, I teach you the laws and customs that you are to observe in the land you are to enter and make your own. Keep them, observe them, and they will demonstrate to the peoples your wisdom and understanding. When they come to know of all these laws they will exclaim, “No other people is as wise and prudent as this great nation.” And indeed, what great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him? And what great nation is there that has laws and customs to match this whole Law that I put before you today?
‘But take care what you do and be on your guard. Do not forget the things your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart all the days of your life; rather, tell them to your children and to your children’s children.’

Lord Jesus complete the law written in my heart, that I may always be faithful and loving in carrying out Your will. Amen

Gospel

Matthew 5:17-19
I have not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets but to complete them

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.’