MAKE US WALK IN YOUR COMMANDMENTS, LORD
(Wednesday, June 12, 2019)
Today, we listen to the Lord saying: «Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets … but to fulfil them» (Mt 5:17). In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us that the Old Testament is part of the Divine Revelation: First, God made Himself known to men through the prophets. The chosen People gathered on Saturdays in the synagogue to listen to God’s Word. And just as a good Jew knew the Scriptures and put them into practice, we Christians should frequently meditate, if possible, every day upon the Scriptures. In Jesus, we have the plenitude of Revelation.
He is the Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14). The Lord Jesus reminded us that He came into this world in order to fulfil the Law and the prophecies made by the prophets, for all of them came eventually from God, and Jesus also came from the same God, the Father Who sent His Son, in order to save this world, and all of us mankind, by the revelation of truth and the salvation He offered us all through His sacrifice on the cross. God gave us all His Law so that through His Law, we may be able to find our way to Him, for obeying the Law means for us to live according to what the Lord had taught us, in being faithful to Him, and in making ourselves worthy of Him and worthy of His love. If we are not able to follow His commandments and laws, how can we then expect to receive the fullness of His grace and love? We cannot be Christians on paper only, or as an act of formality only.
We cannot pick and choose what we want to believe in, or decide what we are to believe in the faith we have in God. When the Lord gave His Law to His people, and all of His commandments, He never allowed or permitted them to choose which law or commandment they can believe in and which one they are free to ignore or reject. In the same manner, therefore, all of us must also be obedient to the entirety of the Law and the commandments of God. We must listen to what the Lord Jesus had told His disciples on how to obey the Lord with our hearts, minds, souls, and indeed with our whole beings. We must do our best to love and serve the Lord our God, with all of our words, actions and deeds
. That is the most important commandment of all, and we have to do it by rejecting all that is wicked and un-Christian in our actions. And by doing so, we will also have obeyed the Lord’s other commandment, that is for us to love our fellow men, our brothers and sisters in the same Lord, with genuine love, concern, care and attention. We must show love to our brethren, be kind on others, and refrain from all sorts of actions that can bring pain, both physically or mentally to our brothers and sisters.
Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus, give me grace to keep your word always and may I proclaim your name without fear. Amen.