Saint for the day: Albert Chmielowski (August 20, 1845 – December 25, 1916)
2 Corinthians 3:4-11 – Psalm 99 – Matthew 5:17-19
“Jesus said to his disciples; ‘whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 5:18)
Today’s Holy Gospel could be a problem for some if they take this passage without considering all of Jesus’ teachings. It’s important for us to “look back” but only in so far as we do this to see where we are going. Whenever I hear people bemoaning the state of the Church in these times and they say to me, “I wish we could go back to the way it was,” I stop them in their tracks and ask them to be specific: “How far would you go back?”
Going back – or un-doing the fabric of faith that has been woven for our journey TO the Kingdom will do nothing to make our life of following Jesus any easier.
The ending of today’s Holy Gospel – “… whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” seems to be our “key.” What is the “commandment” that Jesus gives us? We go back to the Last Supper where we hear Jesus say, “I give you a new commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.” And note that Jesus says this in the context of washing the feet of His disciples! I don’t think it was accidental that Jesus gave His best show of what it means to follow Him by washing feet of His disciples. Many of us would rather jump ahead to ministries of eloquent words rather than have to wash feet.
Many of us can “talk up a good show” but Jesus doesn’t seem to be looking for that. “If you want to be great in the Kingdom become the servant of all.” Amen!