Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Did you know there are 613 precepts of the Law in the Old Testament? How on earth, do we incorporate all these into our daily lives? Jesus doesn’t address that here. He merely tells us he isn’t here to lead us “away” from the Law and that the Law is important.
His main teaching in everything is what? LOVE. He even says in the Gospel of John 4:16 “. . . God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.”
Too often in the time of Jesus, the Law was used as a weapon by those in positions of power to excuse their lack of love for people and enhance their love of power.
Jesus is giving a reminder today. The law is important but is it more important than the most important of all the laws – To love the Lord your God and to love your neighbor as you love yourself?
I wish I could speak as eloquently as Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Alas, I am relegated to trying – in my love of neighbor – to try and make it plain what he says through the help of the Holy Spirit.
Love is the law – everything else is simply words.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…