Serving the Word: Mt 5: 17-19


Matthew 5:17-19:
“Jesus said to his disciples, do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.

Jesus does not want to break anything of the old just because it is old.
What Jesus does want is to banish all that is old and empty of content.
And what he also wants is to fill the old with the new content of the Gospel that he brings and announces to us.
Jesus does not want empty observances or naked rites.
Jesus wants both observances and rites to be filled with love for God and neighbour.
Both observances and rites should be ways and tools to bring us closer to and to meet more deeply with our Father God and with our brothers and sisters.
Do not disregard any rule or rite.
Try to fill them with their authentic content.
Be very careful not to make a code of rites and rules that are tailored to your needs and convenience but empty of authentically Christian content.
Ask the Lord today to help you to follow his law of love better and to put your full trust in him.
Good day.

Antonio Maria Sanjuan Marin, cmf

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