June 13, 2018 – Scripture Reading Reflection
Gospel Matthew 5:17-19
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."
If you are to break one of the ten commandments and willingly commit ‘mortal sin’, are you submitting to be a ‘slave’ to a master called ‘sin’? If you teach others to do the same, are you encouraging mutiny so that others will follow Captain ‘Sin’?
When we say: “rules are meant to be broken”, notice it is because we do not wish to abide by the ‘rules’ but cave into our own personal desires. By being obedient we are practicing humility and we are serving our Master out of our own free will. So, there is great honor in obeying the ‘rules’. Servants have freedom whereas slaves do not.
Now, the question is, do you desire to be a ‘slave’ or a ‘servant’?
Let us pray;
We thank you for the Sacrament of Confession.
Thank you for giving us another chance when we fail to follow your commandments.
Please grant us the faith and courage to serve you the best we can.