June 14, 2017
Jesus said, “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.” Mt_5:17-19
You know, it’s pretty easy to tell others what to do, and what not to do. But sometimes it’s totally different to actually practice what we preach. When we get to know those laws of God’s, we come to find out that they really are not all that easy.
How do we not lie when we know that we, or someone we love, will be in deep trouble, or might even be killed for telling the truth?
How do we not, in our hearts, really want something those TV ads or our friends have, that looks so appealing to us – without being jealous or lustful.
How do we not hate someone who has either hurt us, or our loved ones, for no apparent reason at all?
You see, it’s easy to say to others: “Love your enemies.” But it’s really difficult to actually do it – when they’re OUR enemies.
Jesus and St. Paul are telling us today, that it truly IS important for us to learn how to follow the rules. But where do we even start?
Well we might begin with something simple. For me, it’s driving the speed limit. And you know what I’ve discovered? When you actually do that, you find out how aggravating the rest of the world can be, because now it’s YOU who are holding them back from breaking those same laws that you used to break.
You see, when nobody follows the rules, the ones who DO are the bad guys. And as God-loving, rule-following Christians, we’ll discover that there’s a whole lot of world out there who will really hate us.
But as St. Paul reminds us today, we don’t have to do it alone.
The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sent to dwell within our hearts, is here to comfort, to strengthen and to guide us to all righteousness. All we have to do is remember that He’s there, and rely on Him whenever we think the going is getting too hard for us alone.
When we find the strength, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to do just one little thing right, then the next thing, that seemed a lot harder, will be easier than we ever imagined.
And then, as we climb God’s ladder of obedience and righteousness, even the most difficult decisions between right and wrong will become second-nature. And before we know it, we’ll be teaching others, without even realizing it.
We will be living that “Kingdom of Love” that Jesus promised, because it’s already there our hearts, just waiting to be recognized.
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