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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
Homilies/Reflections

Appreciating the spirit of the Law
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

2 Cor. 3:4-11, Mt. 5:17-19. Today, we are invited to appreciate the true meaning of the law of God, otherwise we will end up misusing the law by following the letter of the law. Hence, in today's first reading, Paul enjoins the Christians in Corinth to hold on to the spirit of the law for the written letters bring death, but the Spirit gives life. It is the law as revealed and written down by Moses, the first one through whom God revealed His law to His people, but the letter of the law by itself can easily be misunderstood and misused by those who did not truly understand the meaning and the purpose of the law.

That was exactly what happened at the time of Jesus, when the Pharisees and the teachers of the law enforced the law very rigorously and rigidly, down to the letter and the letter of the law, often understanding the law literally but not appreciating the context and the purpose for which the law had been given to us for by God. They made the people to endure the heavy burden of obedience to the laws and customs they imposed on the latter. As what the Lord revealed to us, the law is about love, first of all the great and enduring love that God has for us. God loves us all so much, that He did not just give us life, but also His providence and guides us all down the right path, so that we may not be lost because of sin and disobedience. Therefore, it is only right that we should love Him in the same manner. Let us all renew our commitment to love God from now on and be ever more dedicated at all times, to be ever closer to God and to follow Him in all of His ways.

May the Lord grant us His mercy and show us His love steadfast love! Amen!! Good morning and have a glorious day!!!

 
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