Jesus said to His disciples:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven."
In today’s Gospel. Jesus tells us "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law.” In our day, the law is too often viewed as a set of rules and guidelines. This understanding of restriction is often passed on to our faith. But our faith is so much more than that. Scripture, Tradition and the Sacraments are guides which aid us in discovering what we truly desire and help us to obtain it. Man was designed to seek the good, and the ultimate good is God.
How often do we fill our lives with things of the world that we think will make us happy but are not good? When God is the only one who is going to truly fulfill our hearts deepest desires. A relationship with Him is the key to true happiness and fulfillment in life. Lent is the perfect time to work on that relationship and grow closer to our Lord. May we take advantage of this time to grow in holiness.
Today, reflect on what may be distracting you. What things are we using to fill ourselves up but are really distracting us from our true good? Once we have identified them, let us turn back to what the Church teaches and how and why it came to this teaching. If we do not know what is taught regarding the things we identified as “distractions," then take the time today to find out what the teaching is and why. Then teach it to others, for "whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven."