Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lent 3 Wednesday

"Always read the fine print" is good advice that we don’t always follow. We typically put "always read the fine print" in the same category as "rinse and repeat" and "do not insert cotton swab into the ear canal!"

In today’s gospel, however, Jesus tells us that we do need to read the fine print when it comes to God’s law. He promises us that until the end of time, not an iota, not a dot of God’s law will pass away. Jesus explained that he wouldn’t abolish even the smallest part of it, as some of his contemporaries had feared, or perhaps had hoped.

But we might ask ourselves: Who would want this law to pass away? Who would wish to see it abolished? God’s law is his gift to us. To keep it is to keep close to God, and is the only sure path to human happiness, wholeness, and fulfillment.

And let’s be honest: Who amongst us doesn’t want to be happy, whole, and fulfilled? Who amongst us doesn’t want God to be close beside us? Deep down, this is what we all want, because God has made us this way. That’s why Jesus said that those who keep and teach God’s law are truly great in the kingdom of God. Indeed, when it comes to God’s law, we should always read the fine print.

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