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March 27, 2019

Mt 5: 17-19

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Built on the foundations of our faith

Life is good when Jesus is around, but today we hear of God’s relationship with humanity before the incarnation.

One of the mysteries of our faith is the anticipation of Jesus, namely who He is and how He came to be human. From God’s relationship with Abraham through the ages, Jesus’ arrival has been foretold. In the same Scripture, we are also given instructions for how to prepare ourselves: namely, the commandments.

Jesus says, “I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” He reaffirms the validity of God’s involvement in human history. Jesus does not wipe away all the time before him; he builds upon the foundations of our faith.

This Lent, as we reflect on the laws of our faith and practice discipline, we should also take solace in knowing that God has been with us through all of scripture. God works through generations of the faithful to help us meet our goal – arrival in the Kingdom of heaven.

—Alan Ratermann is an English teacher and Director of Ignatian Service Programs at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Prayer

Grant me faith, O Lord, to trust that you are with me, as you have been from the beginning. Let me work not for rewards of this world, but for the eternal joy of your kingdom.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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March 27, 2019

Mt 5: 17-19

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Built on the foundations of our faith

Life is good when Jesus is around, but today we hear of God’s relationship with humanity before the incarnation.

One of the mysteries of our faith is the anticipation of Jesus, namely who He is and how He came to be human. From God’s relationship with Abraham through the ages, Jesus’ arrival has been foretold. In the same Scripture, we are also given instructions for how to prepare ourselves: namely, the commandments.

Jesus says, “I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” He reaffirms the validity of God’s involvement in human history. Jesus does not wipe away all the time before him; he builds upon the foundations of our faith.

This Lent, as we reflect on the laws of our faith and practice discipline, we should also take solace in knowing that God has been with us through all of scripture. God works through generations of the faithful to help us meet our goal – arrival in the Kingdom of heaven.

—Alan Ratermann is an English teacher and Director of Ignatian Service Programs at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Prayer

Grant me faith, O Lord, to trust that you are with me, as you have been from the beginning. Let me work not for rewards of this world, but for the eternal joy of your kingdom.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!