Tuesday, March 06, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 3rd Week of Lent
March 7, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 3rd Week of Lent
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs
Dt 4: 1, 5 - 9 / Mt 5: 17 - 19
Sts. Perpetua (d. 203 ), a noble lady, and her slave Felicity (d. 203) remained unharmed when thrown to wild beasts; they were then put to the sword during the persecution of Septimus Severus.
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 peoples 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. The people of Israel are truly privileged in their special relationships with Yahweh who has given them the commandments: "Is there a nation as great as ours whose norms and laws are as just as this Law which I give you today?"
Jesus tells his disciples that he has come not "to remove the Law and the Prophets" but "to fulfill them." For Israel the "Law and the Prophets" include the commandments given to Moses, the Torah and the Scriptures. In addition many other procedural and external practices have been added. Jesus wished to teach and stress the essentials of the Law.
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. May we also be able to discern and recognize what is essential and what is merely procedural and external.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Fr. Gilbert Emmanuel P. Levosada S.J.
Noemi, Kenji & Kelsi
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Alipio Go Clemente
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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