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Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (8th June, 2016) on the Gospel

 

1Kg 18:20-39;
Ps 15:1-2.4-5.8.11. (R. v. 1);
Matt 5:17-19.

Topic: Towards only one.

In the Jewish culture, another name for Scripture (the Old Testament) is the law and the prophets. Jesus said in today’s gospel,

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. 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.

God who gave the Law through Moses and the prophecies through the prophets is same who spoke in the gospel. As a result, Jesus came not to destroy but to make whole (fulfil), cf. Acts 3:18; Lk 24:44. We read from Saint Paul, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2Tim 3:16).

In our country today just like in other parts of the world, the number one agenda of most of those in power is to condemn every other person, especially their predecessors. Probably, they think that by doing so they will deceive the people for ever.

Just as the same God spoke through the Law and the prophets is the God we listen to in the gospels, it is the same God who made us all. He has His purposes for each of us and also fulfils them, cf. Ps 138:8. 57:2. And He makes out the best out of everything for those who love him, cf. Rom 8:28. How do you show your authority – condemnation/destruction or making things better (fulfil)? Remember, both the things we better and those we destroy are done towards one God.

Bible Reading: 1Cor 10:23-33.

Thought for today: Fulfil and do not destroy others.

Let us pray: Lord, help us make others better and never destroy them – Amen.

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