The Laws of Love

Matthew 5: 17-19
Deut 4: 1, 5-9 / Ps 147

. . . whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:19)

God’s love imposes no condition,
Nor do His laws curtail our freedom;
They are tools for our perfection…
To make us worthy of His kingdom.

Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter, or the smallest part of a letter, will by any means disappear from the Law until all things have taken place. 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 practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5: 17-19)

Reflection

The books of the Old Testament have never become antiquated or insignificant even up to the present age. Contrary to what unbelievers say, the laws of God, like the Ten Commandments are not obsolete. On the contrary, they are absolute, and will never change. Honoring one’s parents, the sanctity of life, sacredness of sex and marriage, the worship of One God, respecting the property of others, honesty in one’s dealings—these are all, like God Himself, timeless and unchanging. And if we disregard or violate them, then there will be a price to pay.

Most of the young people in highly industrialized countries today have no respect for their parents, have one of the highest rates of pre-marital sex and abortion, and are more prone to substance abuse and self-destruction than at any other time in their history. Consider the killings perpetrated by youngsters in America. Could these be the consequences of that country’s Supreme Court banning the practice of prayers in school, and removing the Ten Commandments from their institutions of learning? If God seems to have ‘forgotten’ us, maybe it’s because we have been neglecting His laws and decrees.

The first book of Psalms says: “Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked… the law of the Lord is their joy; God’s law they study day and night. They are like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers” (Psa 1:1-3).

All the laws handed down by God to Moses and His prophets were intended for our own good in this life and in the next. Jesus Christ is our model because He was the fulfillment of the laws of the Old Testament. Obedient to the very end, He spoke and carried out everything according to the plan of God, His Father. In every aspect of His life His disciples remembered His faithful adherence to Scriptures. His temptation in the desert was filled with quotations from Deuteronomy and Psalms. In His discourses with the Pharisees and teachers of the law, Jesus often quoted from Scriptures. Until His last breath, in fact, we hear Him defer to Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?” (Psa. 22:1) Let Christ be the rule of our life, and it will surely be filled with His joy.

Let me never forget Your laws in my life, dear God, as long as I live. For they are the light that keeps me from stumbling, the discipline that I need in order to grow strong in my faith, and persevere in times of trials and suffering. Amen.

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