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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 26, A.D. 2003

Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9
Psalm 147:12-13,15-16,19-20
Matthew 5:17-19


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"I have come not to abolish but to fulfill."

Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. How often have we heard that? But do we know what it means?

The Law is still with us. The Law laid out in the Hebrew Scriptures are the "limits" that describe the playing field of allowable behavior. If you follow those rules you are acting in a Godly fashion. However, you may not be acting in a perfect fashion. Jesus described, within that arena of the law, perfect behavior.

This model of pure action is typified by the Beatitudes and other guidelines that Jesus left with us. "A real friend is willing to lay down his life for others." "Blessed are the poor in spirit," and so forth.

So, while the Law and the Prophets described the minimum necessary to live a Godly life, Jesus described the truly desirable life in God -- He "perfected" the Law and the Prophets. In Jesus all truth is perfected and all human knowledge is brought to nothing.

Let us seek to live fully the teachings of Jesus and not seek to do merely the minimum that keeps us from the mouth of Hell. Our duty as Christians is to serve as a beacon, and a beacon needs to shine as brightly as possible.

- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

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