March 6, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Mt 5: 17-19

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Ramon Jamora Jr.)

In the gospel, the Father was revealed to us by Jesus. He showed us in concrete God’s goodness. He wanted us to experience God’s patience, justice, mercy, and love.

We experience God’s patience whenever He gives us the chance to follow Him and to mend our lives in teaching others the law and what is good. His justice is manifested in what we will be in the kingdom of heaven; the least or the greatest. He rightfully gives what is due to one according to his deeds. His mercy is seen as He forgives us even if we continue to fall short because of our humanity. Finally, His love for us is revealed through His Son who became man and offered His life for our salvation. He extends His perfection to man so that we may continue to realize that He dearly wants us for Him.

Further reflection brought me to recognize that God really wants man to be with Him. I could not contain in my heart and mind the perfection that God wants for us. He so longs for us despite our sinfulness. He gives us chances to perfect our love for Him. He allows us to fail and stumble so that we may appreciate His compassion and mercy. He continues to forgive us so that we may learn to humble ourselves before Him. Best of all, He continues to love us so that we may not lose sight of Him. I believe God wants us to realize how He loves us so much. Perhaps God is just waiting for the day when we are ready to humble and prostrate ourselves before Him begging for forgiveness for our debts as we forgive the debts of others.

Let us allow God’s revelation in the gospel to strengthen our faith, hope and love for Him. We can only do so much but it is enough for as long as we do it for Him. Perhaps the gospel is also inviting us to tell others of this revelation. We are invited to start teaching others of the commandments so that one day we will not only be teaching but also living the greatest of His commandments.

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