Lenten Journey: Day 22

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

St. Matthew 5:17-19

Today’s Gospel message is short and clear, and so I’ll be the same. In Christ, the Law has not been abolished. Rather, in Christ, the Law and the human heart come together. It is in Christ that we are free to choose to obey the Law. In Christ, our free will is strengthened to choose the Law. At the end of time, we will be held accountable for our deeds, Scripture is abundantly clear on this.

So, today we reflect on the Law, a Law which is a very reflection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Law reflects the perfection of Christ, the perfection of God. It is what we will be one day and what we continually work towards. To live in ignorance of the moral law is to live in ignorance of Christ.

Thankfully, God is merciful. Each of us, whether Christian or not, have lived in ignorance of the Law at some point. There is a good chance that even today we are living in ignorance of Christ’s Law. There’s an even better chance that this ignorance is being lived out willfully as well. God in his mercy will forgive the penitent heart, the spirit that desires justice despite his or her limitations. Reach out to Christ today. Embrace him. Embrace the Law which flows from his heart, which is love.

Hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.