Reflection on the Gospel of the Wednesday
Matthew 5: 17-19
“I have come not to abolish the law but to fulfill it“.
All the Kaw and prophecies of the Old Testament point to Jesus. The Hebrew word for Law is ‘Halakhah’ which means to go, to walk or to travel. So literally it can be translated as “the path one walks”. The Law was meant to bring a Jew closer to God by constantly making him aware of Yahweh’s presence in his life, as he walked life’s journey. It helped a Jew to turn simple acts of waking up, dressing, grooming, eating, etc into acts that kept him closer in the presence of God, with a grateful heart.
Jesus did not come to destroy this law, but He came as the fulfillment of the law, to remind us of the relationship one needs to have with God, as his privileged children.
Most of the Jews followed the rules and regulations blindly without any spiritual insight and feelings. They had lost the meaning and purpose of the Law and it only remained as a social symbol of praise and honour for themselves.
Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus summarized all the Law in just two commandments. i.e. To love God with all our hearts, soul and mind, and to live our neighbour as ourselves. Meaning, Jesus is the no. 1 priority and desire of our life.
Dear family in Jesus. lets not be stubborn as Jesus’s audiences but let’s live a life that gives priority to the 2 commandments taught by Jesus and in doing so live a joyful and content life in Him.
Lord , help us to love you with all our heart, soul and mind so that in all things we do and say, may we give glory to your Holy name, bring many to your fold. Give us the grace live and walk the path of what we believe and teach. Amen.