On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 10, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Lest we forget, the laws of the Lord our God was given to us by His great love of us. When we keep and observe them, our lives are ordered to right worship of Him and we are blessed to live our lives to the full in His love. It is our duty therefore to teach it and pass it on from one generation to the next. So that we can all be in full communion with Him and one another.

We cannot say we do not know His laws for again in His love, He had put in our minds and written it on our hearts so we can be His people and He our God. Jer 31:33

The full revelation of this is in Today’s Gospel when Jesus says “I have come not to abolish but to complete them.” Jesus is the divine law which opens our hearts to His divine presence. And thus living in His presence our lives are complete and perfected through Him.

Let Your law alone, reign in my heart Lord. Amen

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.’

Gospel

Matthew 5:17-19

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.’

I have not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets but to complete them

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