Not an iota will go without fulfilling its purpose

Not an iota will go without fulfilling its purpose

By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

1 Kgs 18:20-39, Mt. 5:17-19. We must study issues carefully to avoid bad decisions and impulsive reactions. Today’s first reading reports such a stand as that taken by Elijah must be preceded by a long road of other attempts to reconcile and change. The people of Israel have been led astray by the prophets of Baal. These prophets were known for their outward demonstrations and incantations. Elijah challenged them in front of the people so that they may see that these so-called prophets and their god, are false. Elijah prayed to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. Fire came down from Heaven and consumes the wood, the bull and the water. The people immediately turn to the Lord.

Brought up in an observant Jewish family, Jesus learned a deep respect for Jewish practices and traditions. So, in today’s Gospel, He said: “Don’t imagine that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets.” His purpose is to complete the Law and the Prophets, to focus on their purpose rather than on obeying them literally and detail. Though Jesus valued all that was good in His religious tradition, but knew that God wanted to deepen and enrich that tradition. We may also value our own religious traditions, but we also need to critique the obvious faults and be open to what is needed from us. Our task is to prayerfully discern what God requires of us here and now.

May the Lord lead us and guide us through the path of eternal life! Amen!! Have a great day!!!

 

 

 

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