March 22, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 3rd Week of Lent
Dt 4:1, 5 - 9 / Mt 5:17- 19
FROM THE 1ST READING: Dt 4:1, 6b- 8
And now, Israel, listen to the norms and laws which I teach you that you may put them into practice. And you will live and enter and take possession of the land which Yahweh, the God of your fathers, gives you....
When other people come to know of all these laws, they will say, "There is no people as wise and as intelligent as this great nation. For in truth, is there a nation as great as ours, whose gods are as near to it as Yahweh, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? And is there a nation as great as ours whose norms and laws are as just as this Law which I give you today?"
GOSPEL READING: Mt 5: 17- 19
Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to remove but to fulfill them. I tell you this: as long as heaven and earth last, not the smallest letter or stroke of the Law will change until all is fulfilled.
"So then, whoever breaks the least important of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys them and teaches others to do the same will be great in the kingdom of heaven."
Both readings speak of the value of obedience to the norms and laws given by Yahweh: those who keep these laws and teach others to obey these laws will be greatly rewarded.
Jesus tells his disciples that he has come not "to remove the Law and the Prophets" but "to fulfill them."
Each follower of Christ, each Christian, is called to know and understand, to follow and obey these laws and to teach others to do the same. We cannot teach others unless we also live according to these laws. This responsibility is greater for those who have the care of others like parents for their children and leaders for those under them.
May the Lord grant us the grace, wisdom and strength to fulfill this great responsibility of living according to God's laws and norms and of teaching and leading others under our care to do the same.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (†)
WILLIAM ANG LIM (APR. 23,1949 - MAR. 22, 2014)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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