Wed - 23.04.14


Wednesday 14th March, 2012
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem—Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20. Matthew 5:17-19.

  
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‘I have come not to abolish the Law and the teachings, but to complete them.’

Today’s gospel reading might be short but it would have been sweet to the ears of his Jewish followers. It should be sweet to our ears also. For us, it provides the connection between the Jewish and Christian faiths.

Both Matthew and Jesus had a vested interest in a continued linkage. As a Jewish Christian, Matthew, writing after the death of Jesus to Christians who had been raised under the Law of Moses, showed them that they should follow that Law in the way Jesus taught and lived. Likewise, Jesus was a born and bred a Jew. He would not denounce the Law as, after all, it reflected God’s special concern of love for his people.

Lord, we pray for the grace for our hearts to be open to both the Old and New Testament stories.

 

 

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