Posted by: livingscripture | June 10, 2015

Tenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”         (Matthew 5: 17)

How should we live this Wordt_Jesus_the_Teacher002

 Jesus places Himself in continuity with the deepest and most valid religious experience of Israel.  He does not place Himself outside of authentic tradition, but wants to restore it to its origin that is God.  Therefore, do not invent human precepts that sometimes contradict divine law, for example, the fact that duty toward parents is worth more than offerings at the Temple.  Neither must they be placed above valid habits.  All must be brought back to God’s revelation without exchanging it with laws elaborated by humans in the course of the centuries.  Personal opinions, human interpretations, even good habits, must not be elevated to the level of God’s Word.  It has happened that this very Word has been manipulated, mystified or used in an inadequate way in order to rule and to oppress.

The true law commands that we do good and avoid evil, respect the human person and not instrumentalize it for whatever end.  According to Jesus’ Word, it means not to hide under the protection of the Law to accomplish one’s own egotistical ends.

The perfection of Christ’s Law leads us to the perfection of love.  If instead, we are egoists, we see the law as coercion, exterior obligations, and occasions to transgress it.  On the contrary, if we love, we obey the law and go beyond it, giving our very life for love of others following the example of Jesus.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to give me true understanding of His commands and the grace to live them each day.

Lord Jesus, grant that Your Law of Love may remain in my heart with the freshness and originality that You have presented it with Your Word and with Your life.

 The Voice of Cicero, Ancient Orator

There is only one fundamental justice that cements society, and a law that establishes this justice.  This law is right reason that is the true rule of all commandments and all prohibitions.  Those who transgress this law, written or unwritten, are necessarily unjust and evil.

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