JUNE 9. Ord Time. B. Wk 10. Wed. Mt. 5. 17-19
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.’
This is an extremely important teaching by Christ as he is taking his Church right back to the early church leaders and saying the Laws and Teachings of Moses, Abraham, and the Prophets over the centuries were still largely intact. The reason this is so important is it endorses the teachings of the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments, as handed down by Moses.
Any large organisation needs laws and rules, and especially an organisation such as the Church which professes to pronounce and teach the Will of God, and so the historical teachings of the Scriptures are a gift to God’s People that need to be respected and valued.
Many would have us believe the Old Testament is replaced by the New, but that is not correct. The New Testament builds on the Old, but does not replace it. The Old also reveals “The Mind and Plan of God”; - going right back to our First Parents, where we first encounter sin.
God, in his wisdom, did not destroy mankind when Adam and Eve chose to sin; - but he did decree that from that point on mankind would have to suffer the consequences of their actions!
As creatures we may not like that decision of the Trinity, but we are in no position to argue with it, as the wishes and plan of the Creator obviously take precedence over the wishes and desires of the creatures he created! And, as it turned out, the Creator, via his Wisdom and Plan; - and Scripture; - has revealed his merciful love for his creatures.
This was done, initially, through the Prophets and the various Covenants that God entered into with his people, culminating in the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, after centuries of preparation; - where God sent his only Son to be “The Lamb of God”, who sacrificed his own life, on a Cross, in order to redeem God’s People.
What the Scriptures reveal, from Genesis to the Gospels, is the Love and Wisdom of God for his creatures; - something that we are able to “see” by pondering this Love and Wisdom as it is revealed to us in Scripture.
What God decreed, back in the time of Adam and Eve, was that Reparation, in the form of Suffering, had to be made for sin (something beyond man’s power without ‘The Lamb of God’) and that man’s heart had to be Purified of sin and selfishness; - again through Suffering!
Christ, in the New Testament, brought the Love and Wisdom of God to fulfillment, in that as a man like us; - but also a member of the Godhead; - taught us how, through Suffering, our hearts could be Purified; - and finally he sacrificed his life on a Cross in Reparation for sin.
And so, the Scriptures, and the Laws of both the Old and New Testaments, reveal God’s Wisdom, Mercy and Love for his people, which is why Christ taught that; - “The man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven!’
Gospel Acclamation Ps24:4,5
Teach me your paths, my God,
and lead me in your truth.