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Matthew 5:17-19

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"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 5:17-19
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    • It may sometimes be that life seems to be made up of random events, disconnected encounters and fragmented experiences. Looking at our lives, God sees them as whole and is able to recognise the continuity of our discipleship in a way that is often hidden from us. I let God survey my life so that I may see how I have kept the commandments and helped others to do the same. I don’t claim to be great in the kingdom of heaven, but I allow God to tell me who I am.
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    • This is a tribute to the teacher! All who teach the goodness and truth of God, by word or example, are sharing in the teaching ministry of Jesus. We learn of God in the mind by reflection, courses, reading, and in a community of faith; we learn of the God of the heart in prayer.
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    • The historical words of the prophets are endorsed by Jesus. The word of God endures forever and salvation is for all who heed the prophetic warnings.
    • Jesus fulfils the law and the prophets by living as God would wish. He crowns the law by putting love above all. We may forget law, but we must never forget love, because God is love and wants love to dominate human living.
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    • The commandments of which Jesus speaks are those given to Moses on Mount Sinai. They were valid when Jesus spoke, 1,400 years after Moses. They are still valid today. If we all kept them, we would experience something of the kingdom of heaven on earth.
    • Can I list the Ten Commandments? To which do I need to attend right now?
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    • The account of the Transfiguration shows that Jesus respects the Law and the great history of Israel. He sets out to bring the Law to its intended purpose, to fulfil it, showing it was a law of love. He built on the past, transforming it and bringing it to completion.
    • The primary role of a prophet was to teach, reminding people of God’s message and calling them back when they strayed. Foretelling the future was not their main function. Jesus is the great Prophet, bringing meaning and direction to life. When I pray the Gospels, Jesus is present, helping me to see my best way forward.
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    • Jesus loves his Jewish religion. Also he understands the heart of it. He wants to fulfil it by loving his Father perfectly, and by loving all God’s people, even as far as dying for them. I pray to be a good disciple by living like that.
    • Have I grasped the heart of my religion? Do I concentrate on loving God and my neighbour? Is there more love in the world because of my being around? In the evening of life I will be examined in love, not in the outer aspects of religion!
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    • The scripture scholars have difficulty reconciling Jesus' words here with his freedom of spirit in many matters concerning the Sabbath. Jesus did not reject the Old Testament of the Jews, but brought it back to its basics: love God and love your neighbour; and he stresses here as elsewhere, that our life should be of one piece, so that people should be able to read our principles from our behaviour – that is more important than being able to instruct people in the law of God. It is harder to live one sermon than to preach a dozen.
    • The fulfilment of the old religion would be a person, Jesus Christ. The law is good only because it leads to Christ. All of religion is good only insofar as it leads us to God and through Christ. Our prayer in the company of Jesus leads us to God our Father in the fullest way possible, the way of Jesus.
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    • The scripture scholars have difficulty reconciling Jesus' words here with his freedom of spirit in many matters concerning the Sabbath. Jesus did not reject the Old Testament of the Jews, but brought it back to its basics: love God and love your neighbour; and he stresses here as elsewhere, that our life should be of one piece, so that people should be able to read our principles from our behaviour – that is more important than being able to instruct people in the law of God. It is harder to live one sermon than to preach a dozen.
    • The fulfilment of the old religion would be a person, Jesus Christ. The law is good only because it leads to Christ. All of religion is good only insofar as it leads us to God and through Christ. Our prayer in the company of Jesus leads us to God our Father in the fullest way possible, the way of Jesus.
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    • The scripture scholars have difficulty reconciling Jesus' words here with his freedom of spirit in many matters concerning the Sabbath. Jesus did not reject the Old Testament of the Jews, but brought it back to its basics: love God and love your neighbour; and he stresses here as elsewhere, that our life should be of one piece, so that people should be able to read our principles from our behaviour – that is more important than being able to instruct people in the law of God. It is harder to live one sermon than to preach a dozen.
    • The fulfilment of the old religion would be a person, Jesus Christ. The law is good only because it leads to Christ. All of religion is good only insofar as it leads us to God and through Christ. Our prayer in the company of Jesus leads us to God our Father in the fullest way possible, the way of Jesus.