Wednesday 27 March 2019
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9. Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20. Matthew 5:17-19
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem – Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20.
‘I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.’
Both Moses and Jesus speak of laws. Moses says, ‘Observe them, so that you may have life.’ Jesus says, ‘I have come to complete the Law until its purpose is achieved.’ Often, we resent laws, saying they restrict freedom. But the banks of a river are what keep it flowing fast. Their restriction preserves the river, otherwise we have a swamp, a stagnant marsh. Thus, there is no freedom from the laws, only freedom within them.
Jesus takes the Mosaic law and breathes Gospel life and love into it. O yes, Lord, it does restrict – love is patient before it can be kind: patient with aggressive phone callers, others’ insensitivities, the occasional bore. But your assurance restores our serenity: ‘As long as you did it to one of these, you did it to me.’Email this Print This Page