10th Week in Ord. Time, Wednesday – 09th June 2021 — Gospel: Mt 5,17-19
Fulfilled in Obedience
In this passage Jesus mandates us to love Scripture and to live to keep it. Matthew thinks that it is important for the old and new people of God to know that Jesus is not anti-law or anti-Scriptural. Israel would not be able to accept a Messiah who neglects God’s gift of Torah. Jesus does not flaunt this gift, instead he lives from it and for it, as noticed in overcoming his temptations against Satan. For Jesus the law and the prophets are the written Word of God that has a binding authority. He came to fulfill it by his own deeper obedience to it and by his own deeper interpretation of it. Matthew’s use of the word “fulfill” means accomplishment of the OT by Jesus Christ (1,22; 2,15.17.33; 4,14; 8,17; 12,17; 13,35; 21,4; 26,54; 27,9), which implies doing it in totality and fullness. In this way, Jesus did fulfill the whole of Scripture for the whole of his people and for the whole of the world. Jesus’ followers, in grateful obedience to the one who has already fulfilled the law, need to reinterpret it as Jesus did in his ministry.