“Gospel Decades-Matthew 5:17-19”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Gospel: (Matthew 5:17-19 / Teaching About The Law)
“Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Pray -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…
Reflection: My Friends,
Jesus didn't come to cancel out the Old Testament, or to replace the Old Testament laws, he instead came into the world to fulfill the laws. Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament, He came to magnify and solidify the laws; He basically took the laws to the next level of understanding. I'd like to share more of the script from the movie "Fireproof", sorry if I do that a lot, but using all the tools I can to help share our Lord is my goal. And many will agree that that movie is incredible, awesome message of love and devotion, and staying with your partner, "You never leave your partner, especially in a fire." The fire referring to, basically any heated up, difficult times that devastate a family.
Let me set the scene, Caleb and his dad were talking while walking down a trail (where an old summer camp use to be) talking about the challenges in Calebs marriage. His dad has much love for God and he has already turned his life around by living his life for Jesus. Please take the time to really read this, and if you haven't watched the movie yet, I highly recommend you do. Read these words, there is so much wisdom:
FIREPROOF (The Movie Script -excerpt)
Dad, if you're gonna tell me l need Jesus, please don't.
l don't need a crutch to get through life.
Oh, son, Jesus is much more than a crutch.
He's become the most significant part of our lives.
Dad, why do you keep saying that?
He's the most significant part?
How is that?
When l realized who l was
and who he was...
...l realized my need for him.
l needed his forgiveness
See, l don't understand that.
Why do l need his salvation?
What, am l gonna be thrown into hell?
For what? Because l got divorced?
Because you violated his standards.
What? Thou shall not kill?
Dad, l help people. l am a good person.
According to you.
But God doesn't judge
by your standards. -He uses his.
-And what are his?
l care about people.
l am those things.
But have you loved God,
the one who gave you life?
His standards are so high,
he considers hatred to be murder...
...and lust to be adultery.
Dad, what about
all the good l've done?
Son, saving someone from a fire
does not make you right with God.
You've broken his commandments.
And one day, you'll answer to him for that.
Questions To Ponder Today:
-Do you see God's law as negative or positive?
-Has the Ten Commandments helped guide your life?
-Reverence? Do you have reverence for His laws?
-Have you ever really read the ten commandments?
(Prepare for a confession, using the commandments,
as your guide, reviewing all aspects of each one.)
Remember God is the Almighty God of the Universe.
He deserves our love, respect and reverence towards Him.
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
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