“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.
The Gospel for today was also proclaimed during Lent. Jesus said he came as a fulfillment of the law, not to abolish anything. What was said in the Scripture was true as spoken by Jesus, and is still true today for all of us. We can’t pick and choose or say, “that was a different time.”
We are going through difficult, or at least challenging, times in our country. As we listen to the bickering about safety on our streets and safety for our borders, it seems to me Jesus came to show us how to fulfill the teaching of love of God, neighbor and self. Nothing has changed today, nor back during his public ministry.
This gospel of fulfilling the law reminded me of a quote from St. Augustine that I heard recently: “Mercy is like a mom with two lovely daughters: one is justice and the other compassion.” This is the mercy we need to show to all who are seeking refuge, shelter, and safety.
—Camille Devaney serves as Board chair for the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP).
Grant me, O Lord, to see everything with new eyes, to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times, to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others. Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave St. Ignatius.
—Pedro Arrupe, SJ