“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
Following Jesus can be quite a trip.
While he challenges those in power and the structures that support them, he makes clear that his mission is not to abolish the law but to fulfill it.
It helps to understand that by “law,” Jesus means God’s commandments, which give life.
For some, obeying any law—let alone God’s law—seems restricting. But Jesus invites us to recognize that the commandments are actually liberating because they draw us into deeper relationship with God, ourselves, and others. God’s law is the path to greater love.
What you focus on grows. Today let us grow in understanding of God’s law by focusing on our faith, respect for others, forgiveness, and love of our neighbor.
—Jeremy Langford is the director of communications for the Midwest Jesuits and author of Seeds of Faith: Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life ©2007 Paraclete Press, Brewster, MA.
Teach me your paths, my God, and guide me in your truth.—Psalm 25:4B, 5A Please share the Good Word with your friends!