Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Cor3,4-11; Resp. Psalm: Ps99,5-9; Gosp. Accl: Ps25 4-5; Gospel: Mt5,17-19
The life of every believer is a mystery. It is a mystery because that life has been given by God Himself. The life is the real life in Christ, the new life of faith. This is why no one can claim the credit for his life. That credit, the good that each of us is able to do, comes from our all holy and all good God.
The word of God in today's first reading is very clear on this: none of us can claim anything as coming from him; none of us can claim any sufficiency for himself. This is because every believer is part of a new dispensation: that of the new covenant paid for by the precious blood of the Lamb. We belong to the dispensation of righteousness thanks to that which the Lamb achieved for us. This new dispensation has a greater splendour than the former dispensation. The new dispensation is permanent and enduring.
Our Lord did not come to abolish the old dispensation. He came to bring it to fulfilment. It is very instructive for us believers to understand that the old law was not abrogated by our Lord but brought to fulfilment and completion. In other words, what appeared in shadows in the old law, what remained unclear and woolly have been clarified by the presence of the Lord Jesus, the perfect revelation of the Father.
This is why our Lord in today's gospel unequivocally declared: "For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Our lives are God's gift to each of us. We are to cultivate it as our response of love to the One who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light. We are to make the best of it and return back to our Lord in a homage of gratitude for his goodness to us. We do that by keeping His commandments and laws. When we keep His commandments and laws, we demonstrate our love for Him.
Let us pray: Lord our God, you gave us the rule of life and taught us to obey your word. Give us attentive ears. Give us willing hearts to put your word into practice so that we may attain the deepest union with you. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.