Not to abolish but to complete them

Published on 20 Mar 2017
‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.’ Matthew 5:17 Image: sunset on Mount Sinai, Wikmedia Commons

‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.’

Matthew 5:17

Lent is a time for facing the deep temptations I meet on the pilgrimage of life. What do I hold onto? What do I abandon? Jesus provides a surprising answer to these questions, because he both holds to the Law and transcends the Law. Jesus’ pilgrimage is grounded in his union with the Father. This is the same love that is articulated in the ancient Law, the same love that fires up the great Prophets. Both point to the fullness of divine love that is revealed in Jesus and offered to us. This fullness of love gives Jesus the freedom to go beyond the Law and the Prophets. In my pilgrimage of life I am learning to respect the tradition and teaching and wisdom of my elders, but I am also learning that I am called into a freedom of divine love that transcends all law and custom. The test of truth here is the gentle presence of the Holy Spirit, where there is neither jealousy nor division. Lord, give me courage. Open my heart to your Holy Spirit.

Jesuit Communications Australia | pray.com.au