Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (14th June, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 98:5-9. (R. v.9);
Topic: Towards only one.
In the Jewish culture, another name for the Scripture (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).
Many incumbents seem to have set the agenda of condemning their predecessors. Probably, they think that by doing so they will deceive the people for ever.
Just as the God who spoke through the Law and the prophets is the same God we listen to in the gospels, it is the same God who made us all, cf. Mal 2:10; Matt 23:9. 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. Christ came to fulfil and not to destroy. We ought to use our positions to fulfil and never to destroy.
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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