Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:17-19 – TENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
The Torah Law and covenant had been preserved with great effort over the centuries from contamination. They were sacred to the Jews. The precise and literal observance of the Law and all of its secondary conventions had attained an almost mantric quality that was thought to draw down the blessing of God apart from the spirit in which that Law was kept.
Jesus refused to endow the Law with such sacral power. Instead, He fulfilled its deepest intentions while being pragmatic toward its etiquette. This recapture of the Law’s original purpose will be illustrated in the rest of the Sermon on the Mount. The basic point the Lord makes is that the attitude which obedience to the Law was intended to generate is more determinative of our relationship with God than is the Law’s exact observance.
Why we keep the Law is as important as our precision in keeping it.
Jakarta, 13 June 2018
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