Posted by: livingscripture | March 22, 2017

Third Wednesday of Lent

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.  (Matthew 5: 17)

How shall I live this Word?

The Law and the doctrine of the Prophets were of great richness for the people of Israel.  Surrounded by peoples, not only of different cultures but who were also idolaters, the Israelites were able through the centuries to remain monotheists, adorers of the ONE TRUE GOD, attentive to practice the teachings of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and above all, to regulate their journey of life in the light of the Decalogue that Moses had received from God on Mount Horeb.

Those who were against Jesus, let themselves be overtaken by envy and jealousy.  The miracles and the Word that attracted the people, aroused in them a deep hostility toward Him.  The Doctors  of the Law with the Scribes and Pharisees, sought to stir up the good but ignorant people by calumniating Jesus as though He were a subverter of the worst kind.  This is why Jesus seeks to bring clarity.  No, He has not come to abolish the Law but to bring it to fulfilment.  Even today Christianity, in regard to the Hebrew faith, is this and nothing else.

Jesus, fullness of Love, grant us Your Holy Spirit so that we too, with the Hebrews whom the Holy Father calls our ‘elder brothers’, may form a chain along the road of Truth and Love in which globalization becomes the fraternity called to contagion the whole world with love.

The voice of Pope Francis in the Angelus of February 16, 2014

With this, Jesus reminds us that words can kill!  When we say a person has a snake’s tongue, what does this mean?  That their words kill!  Not only must we not threaten the life of our neighbors, we must not pour out on them the poison of anger and strike them with calumny.  Or speak badly of them.  Gossip.  Gossip can also kill, because we kill the name of the person!  Gossip is very ugly!  At first, it may seem like something pleasant, even entertaining, like eating a candy.  But in the end, it fills the heart with bitterness, and it poisons us as well.  I tell you truthfully, I am convinced that if each of us made the resolution to avoid gossip, we would become saints!  It is a lovely road!  Do we want to become saints?

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