Matt 5: 17-19
Teaching about the Law
Toomey’s Rule says: “It is easy to make decisions on matters for which you have no responsibility.”
Laws are created to instil and facilitate order and keep the peace within a society in general. In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about the law. He says that He does not come to abolish the law but to fulfil it. What kind of law that He was talking about, traffic laws, agrarian reform law, religious laws? He says that He does not disregard the law even the smallest ones.
But I read this news item published by the Manila Bulletin (Tuesday, 1 March 2005, p. foreign 4) that the China government and lawmakers made a law that detection of a fetus’ sex for non medical reasons, is a crime committed by doctors and parents. This law is issued related to the policy of ONE CHILD ONLY that for Chinese people and culture always prefer the baby boy rather than baby girl. It is really an ironic because for more than two decades China has a law as a mandatory law to abort all babies in her second or third or fourth pregnancies if the family already has one baby. It is tragic because abortion is mandatory and understood as legal and moral, meanwhile a detection a baby’s sex is a crime and so immoral. Is this the kind of law that Jesus comes to fulfil?
What does He mean by “fulfilling the law”? By fulfilling the law He meant fulfilling the purpose for which it was made: that is, justice or “righteousness,” as the Scriptures call it: that includes a just relationship with God. He may have been thinking of Isaiah 55:11: “My word that goes out from my mouth shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” In other words, He is raising them, even the smallest ones, to a highest standard and highest level of application, that is, the Law of Love. It is the spirit of the law that makes the law life-giving. The law that we have now should point to the Divine lawgiver who dispenses justice tempered by love, understanding and mercy. We follow the law, like for example traffic laws, because we want to fulfil the intentions of the law or the spirit of the law which is to love everyone else on the road by caring that we don’t crash into them. Another one, even without Church’s law of not to miss a Mass, we go to Mass because of our love for God and for the Body of Christ. Even if without Christ telling us to fast on Fridays, we fast because love motivates us to make sacrifices and so on. Love motivates us to do so.
If we follow the purpose and spirit of the law I’m sure this can be the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship we should, according to Dwayne Savaya, do the following:
- Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better. Start with the Gospel of John.
- Talk to God in prayer every day. Bring all your troubles and worries to the Lord. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit.
- Tell others about Christ.
- Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
- As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.
May the Lord bless you in your new life with Him.
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