“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.
In the Gospel today Jesus condemns those who break the commandments, but he adds the extra line “and teaches other to do so.” The words of our lives may sound upright but do our actions imitate the words we profess? Too often in my own life I forget that my own actions (both good and bad) can be teachable moments for those around me.
As we enter deeper into the Lenten season the Gospel challenges us to reflect on how our actions lead others to Jesus or whether they lead them away from the Kingdom. Let us ask God for the grace to observe and demonstrate the commandments, and so reflect the great Kingdom of heaven.
—Fr. Tom Neitzke, S.J. serves as president of Creighton Prep, Omaha, NE.
“Love is shown more in deeds than in words!”
—St. Ignatius Loyola