Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Third Wednesday of Lent: “Jesus said, do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets. I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5: 17-18)

The Scribes, the Pharisees, and the Doctors of the Law had taken up a position against Jesus because they had seen Him as a rebel who would wrest the Mosaic Law from them.

For them the Law, given by Moses in a critical historic moment, was everything. The anger toward Jesus was also fueled by an unconfessed envy and jealousy because Jesus exercised such fascination over the people.

The Divine Master wanted clarity. No, He did not come to abolish the law that had conferred on Israel an incomparable primacy over other peoples. He said He had come to fulfill it. It is important to know that the original verb does not only mean fulfill, but also implies that something was lacking in the Word of God entrusted to Moses. Thus, Jesus did not come to be totally submitted to the law, but neither was He a transgressor of it. He was aware that He had come from the Father for a plan that embraced heaven and earth, a plan of such amplitude that it expresses the infinite love of God. This is so, precisely because He is divine and not only human.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me to be always in step with His thoughts and His attitudes.

Lord Jesus, You who came to give meaning to everything, grant that I may give meaning to my days, not only because I do my duty, but because I live my duty with the fire of love.

- Living Scriture