Do not think I came to abolish the law but rather to fulfill it.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Gospel reading today is from the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew describes Jesus going up the mountain to interpret Jewish laws. Here we find parallels between Moses receiving and proclaiming the law.
The real subject of Jesus’ teaching here is about the heart we put into every human interaction.
The disciple who has undergone a radical change of perspective (metanoia) will understand the law and morality in a new different way. God’s law was never supposed to function like a set of rules demanding conformity; rather God told the people that the law was near to them, it dwelt in their hearts and would give them life.
Jesus offers to show the disciples how to live the law in such a way that it directs their motivation and their perception, their heart and their mind. It is only when the law is a living interior force that people can truly fulfill it. The person who conforms to a law that doesn’t spring from the heart is like a dancer who makes all the right moves without interiorizing the rhythm. The moves may be right but they’re not graceful. Each example we hear today, spring from tradition and offers new life.
What can you do to promote harmony in relationships? Do you treat people with dignity and respect?
Thank you to everyone who worked on Lourdes A Palooza.
Please consider joining a small faith-sharing group for Lent. You may sign up on-line at our website or in the Gathering Space this weekend. These groups will begin meeting the week of March 1st. This is great way to meet other parishioners and grow in faith.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len