Audio Readings March 26, 2014 3rd Week of Lent

3rd Week of Lent

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20;Matthew 5:17-19

I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)

 

The Jews have recognized the Torah—the “Law,” or “instruction,” contained in the first five books of the Bible—as nothing less than the very revelation of God. It revealed his intimate thoughts about himself and the sacred way of life he was offering to his people. In centuries past, when the question was asked, “What is God doing in heaven?” the rabbis routinely answered, “Reading Torah!”

How did Jesus view the Torah? He told his followers that he was sent from the Father to fulfill the Law, to bring it to fruition. That is why his Sermon on the Mount focuses on the “heart,” or “inner intention,” behind the ancient commandments. For example, Jesus explained that it’s not enough to avoid doing physical harm to one’s neighbor. If we are to love from the heart, we must learn to live in peace with our neighbor as well. Again, it’s not enough to avoid stealing and committing adultery. We need to do away with the desire to possess what rightfully belongs to someone else.

Even as he raised the requirements of God’s commands, Jesus didn’t paint a picture of God as a stern judge eager to punish our every sin. God loves us, and he invites us to embrace his love. He wants to change us by the power of his Spirit so that we can love what he loves and so that we can turn away from what is sinful.

God’s love is a consuming fire. It burns away our evil desires and fills us with a longing to please him and to lay down our lives in humble service. St. Augustine once said, “Fulfill the commandments out of love. Could anyone refuse to love our God, so abounding in mercy, so just in all his ways? Could anyone deny love to him who first loved us despite all our injustice and all our pride?” Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to purify our thoughts and fill our hearts with God’s love. Then we will begin to desire only what is pleasing to God.

“Thank you, Lord, for giving me your Holy Spirit. Fill my heart with your surpassing love, and make me holy as you are holy.”~WAU

 

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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