“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
It’s likely that most or all of us are confident we know the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. We probably also have an impression of the Old Testament Law, which is largely shaped by how the Scribes and Pharisees are portrayed in the gospels. They are clearly keepers of the letter of a very rigid law.
The first reading today might give us some second thoughts about the Old Testament Law. The Law is a way by which Yahweh stays close to his people and it makes the people wise and prudent.
In the gospel, Jesus does not abolish the Law, but he does complete and fulfill it. Jesus leaves us the Holy Spirit to guide us just as the Law guided the people of Israel.
—David McNulty, Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits
Lord, we pray that the Holy Spirit is always within us, that the Spirit guides and confirms us. We pray that we may hear and see and think with the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit. We pray that we may speak and act and will with the Love of the Holy Spirit.
—David McNulty, Provincial Assistant for Advancement, Chicago-Detroit Province JesuitsPlease share the Good Word with your friends!