“I have come not to abolish [the Law and the Prophets]
but to complete them.
I tell you solemnly,
till heaven and earth disappear,
not one dot,
not one little stroke,
shall disappear from the Law
until its purpose is achieved.”
– Matthew 5:17-18 (JB)
This is a strong affirmation by Jesus,
that “the Law” will never be destroyed
until it is fulfilled.
Jesus is also stressing the perpetual value of the Old Testament
– it is the Word of God,
and because it has a divine authority,
it therefore deserves total respect.
Our Lord emphasises
that the spirit and substance of “the Law”,
which requires love and obedience to God and love towards people,
cannot be changed,
and will last forever.
In fact, Jesus gives greater weight and meaning,
to the moral precepts of “the Law” of the Old Testament,
and He brings then into the New Testament.
The entire Law of the Gospel
is contained in the “new commandment” of Jesus
– to love one another as He has loved us.
And so, it is ultimately Jesus, who completes the Law in us.
It is He who gives us the grace
to love the Lord our God
with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength,
and…to love our neighbour as ourselves.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord, Your Law is eternal.
I gladly embrace it and it is within my heart,
as is the desire to do Your will.