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March 15th, 2014

Conan Rainwater

One of the main themes of today’s readings was following the law of the Lord. We have all realized that both the law of the Lord is different than what our own human law is and also that following the law of the Lord is a demanding and persistent task. Unlike the law of the Lord, our human law is skewed and flawed: You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy (Mt 5:43). Fortunately, we have a fulfillment of our human law: Jesus. For “do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets: I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” (Mt 5:17). In short, Jesus fulfilled the laws by giving its ultimate interpretation in a divine way (CCC 581). If that was one of the missions of Jesus, what does that mean for me?
By fulfilling the law, Jesus brought it to completion, meaning that he is the reality of the law. Therefore, by following the law of the Lord, we may enter into the fulfillment of the law, namely Jesus. During this time of Lent, we accompany Jesus on his passion and death. I think that Jesus’ death on the cross was the ultimate fulfillment of the law of the Lord. Jesus fulfilled what he had said concerning loving his enemies by dying for the recompense of all of humanity’s sins, for, “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end” (Jn 13:1). Moreover, on the cross, Jesus prays for those who persecuted by crying out, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34). Jesus did not only peach the Good News, he lived and died for it.
One of the beauties of God is that his mercy and love is not exclusive. His love pours forth on all creation, just as he “causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust” (Mt 5:45). His gifts are for everyone, the question is, will we use them in order to love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us?

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