To Keep or To Abolish

Matthew 5:17-19 Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent When I obey the laws of Church I will stop and reflect how they fit into the greater law of love
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Matthew 5:17-19

 

Introductory Prayer:

Lord, as I journey through Lent I have a great desire to be close to you. Help me in this meditation to come to understand better what it means to follow your law. I know that I am your creature and that I owe you all glory and homage. I want to glorify you by following your teaching. I need you to help me see clearly the truth of your teaching and to love you in return.


   Here I am Lord, hungry for you alone. I know that you will not turn me away empty-handed. Grant me your grace so that in my life I can live the fullness of your law.

 

Petition:

Lord, teach me what it means to fulfill the law.

 

1. The Spirit Fulfills illness of the Mere Letter:

We can speak of fulfilling the law in two ways: by doing everything that is asked or by completing that which is missing. Jesus completes the law of the Old Testament with the new law of love – to love one another as he has loved us. Jesus fulfills the law not by simply fulfilling each of the many precepts, but by showing where all of the precepts have their end: in loving God above all things. When we obey the law of love we are fulfilling all of the laws – we are bringing them to their natural end.

 

2. The All-Encompassing nothing Escapes the New Law:

The law of love reaches to the ends of the earth. There is no created being in the universe that is outside the law of love that Jesus has come to teach us. There is no being, not even the smallest, that escapes the demand of this law. When Jesus uses the metaphor, “the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter”, he is showing us the completeness of this law. Love and its demands reach to the farthest ends of the universe, to the smallest created being, and to the end of time. Am I convinced in my heart and in my actions that the law of love asks me to love all people –, and not just my family, friends and those who rub me the right way?

 

3. Seeking Perfection:

Being the Greatest. The commandments of the old law as exemplified in the Ten Commandments (e.g. Thou shall not kill; Thou shall not commit adultery; etc.) are grave transgressions but easy to define, referring as they do to external actions.  Christ’s commandments (e.g. to not show anger; to not lust in the heart; to forgive our enemies; etc.) have more subtle expressions, and because of this often times they are more difficult to obey. Living these commandments with the proper motivation and a considerate, dedicated attitude of delicacy is what makes a person great. Living spiritual delicacy in our thoughts and words, and having love as the motivation of all of our actions, not only helps us make it to heaven, but also will win us a greater share in God’s happiness and glory there.

 

Conversation with Christ:

Thank you, Lord, for this time of prayer. Do not let me be content simply to simply do the minimum that my faith asks of me. Do not let me be content simply with simply avoiding grave sin. Help me to live the fullness of the law of charity. I know that you came to earth to suffer and die for me, to teach me how to love. Do not let your suffering be sterile in my soul. I want this Lent to be a time of growth in love.
I want to live your law with delicacy and perseverance. I do not want to be the least in the kingdom of heaven but to be among the greatest by fulfilling your law to its smallest demands.

 

Resolution:

When I obey the laws of Church I will stop and reflect how they fit into the greater law of love.



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