Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9 + Matthew 5:17-19
March 2, 2016
“I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”
We want to serve the Lord faithfully, and Jesus gives us a word of encouragement today. Jesus declares in the Gospel that everything we need to know has already been revealed to us: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” . To live out our Christian Faith is to allow the fulfillment of what has already been given to us.
Cardinal Newman once said: “In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often” (An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine 1,1,7). To paraphrase this saying of Newman, then, if we feel that every day we are staring into the same old face of existence, and that the world has ground to a halt, then it is surely we who have stopped moving. If we feel bored, it is because we are tired and have stopped to rest, while the world is moving on.
As we continue on the Way towards the hill of Calvary, we want to become more like Christ. We seek to give ourselves to others without measure, and this means that we imitate the fidelity of God without measure and without counting the cost. To do this is nothing more than for us to “change into Christ”.