Gospel Reflection Wednesday (8 June) – 10th week Ordinary Time – The Law has been fulfilled
Today, Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Matthew (5: 17-18) in which Jesus says he has not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets rather to fulfil it.
Fr Paul says God’s covenant with Moses on Mount Sinai was the basis of Israel’s life. It spelt out the terms of how Israel was to be God’s people. So much of Christianity comes from the Law, what’s contained in the Old Testament, the ten commandments. Yet, Jesus while remaining faithful to the Law, now gives his own emphasis – love of others, love of God, worship, sacrifice, and forgiveness. Jesus is aware of the full meaning of being a servant of the Lord.
Jesus uses the term in the Gospel ‘I tell you solemnly’ and this is a term that has been used in the place of the word ‘Amen’. Fr Paul asks have you ever thought, or asked yourself, the question, ‘What does the word ‘Amen’ mean?
Amen is a word that means ‘I agree’. When we accept or agree with a statement, a prayer or an oath to another person and we say ‘Amen’, we are saying ‘I agree’.
Mindful of this, Fr Paul invites us to think about how many times we say ‘Amen’ or ‘I agree’ in our Mass. As part of a task, he says, we might listen to the prayers the priest prays on our behalf mindful of what we are saying ‘I agree’ to.