Reflection for February 16th, by S. Amy Kistner

lovegodFirst Reading: Sir 15:15-20
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37

At first glance we may wonder about Jesus saying he has not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.  After all, he healed on the Sabbath, which was against the law.  He spoke to women in public which was taboo.  So what does He really mean?  Searching under those examples given, we see He is talking about the law of love.  The Scribes and Pharisees, as Jesus saw it, were only surface seekers.  Jesus sees deeper dimensions to the law.  He challenges us to look beneath the surface of the commandments and act in harmony with the deeper commitment they demand.

Jesus, as we think about the commandments today, give us the grace to see the underlying invitation to love more deeply.  Show us how to live lives that echo your understanding of law.  Remove all shallowness and open our hearts to genuine love.  Amen.

Amy Kistner, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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