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."
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”
Our family got together to read this Gospel and discuss. The discussion went from the quote from the Gospel up above to the Ten Commandments. We first saw how Jesus, as a Jew Himself, helped those Jews that were converting to Christianity to see that we all still needed to be true to the law of Moses. It sounds like there may have been some people that were thinking that following Christ, meant that Jesus wanted to get rid of the laws in the Old Testament. This is not the case. Our girls made the connection of how so many of the things that were prophesied in the Old Testament, were actually fulfilled when Jesus came into the world. We also made the analogy that Christianity was like upgrading your iPhone from a 6s to an iPhone 10, and as Jesus states, “He has come not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.” This upgrade has given us so much hope.
We tried to see if we could name all Ten Commandments without looking them up. We got the first three, as they are for God. Then we got the last seven, but we did not remember them in order. The girls said there were many times through out the day that they use the Ten Commandments. The Commandment, “Thou shalt not take the Lord’s Name in vain” is the one that they use most often. They said it comes up in school in the hallways, texting on their phone, and even when talking with other students. My oldest daughter said she really does think about the Commandments throughout the day.
My husband said that Jesus was talking to His disciples about this, because they were going to be the ones helping to explain to people about Christianity. Now, we as Catholics have been called to be disciples of Christ. To go and spread the Good News. As we go out and evangelize to others, we can practice using our PAPA tools. What PAPA tools could we use to help us? I think we could use the PAPA Seven Seas of Communication. What about you?
May God bless us all.