So now at Mass these days, as we leave Easter behind and get into Ordinary time, we are hearing the Sermon on the Mount. What’s going on these texts?
Remember that Moses led the Children of Abraham out into the wilderness where he scaled Mount Horeb to receive and transmit the Law of God to them. Centuries later, Jesus, not just God’s prophet, rather Emmanuel, “God With Us” Himself, quite intentionally gathers the children of Abraham on another Mountain, this one green and welcoming, to teach them the Law.
Moses first communicates the 10 Commandments. Jesus first teaches The Beatitudes, going straight to the heart of the Law, to Love God with our whole being and our neighbor as He loves us! Then He commands His followers to be so filled with this law of Love, that they be the salt of the earth and light of the world.
It is in this sense that He says that nothing of the Law is to be lost or abolished, rather completed and fulfilled. Christ’s offering Himself in Death is literally the Great Sacrifice of fulfillment, peace, and reconciliation. “God With Us” dwelling among us: Jesus living among us now. Finally, we can fulfill the Law of Love in truth, beauty and holiness. We can do this in the Holy Spirit. Sure, we’ll make mistakes, but we can live love, peace, joy, happiness, goodness, truth, fortitude, and all virtue!
We need to know where to seek and find.
In our human weakness, we think something so great must be in something flashy or famous. The noise that rages around us to distract and mislead us now more than ever is intended to deceive people to think that God is just a fairy tale. NO!
“In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”Matthew 7:12
Finding God in all things. Finding God in our homes. God is Love. Here. Now.
Of course, we have heard this so many times. Yet it is always new.
As we finish the great feast of Easter and Pentecost, moving to ordinary time, now, the Lord wants us to know He is in the ordinary time: in your home, in your family, in your loved ones. In your real hopes and your challenges. Seek and find Him there. He waits for you.
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About Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C.
Father James Phalan, C.S.C., is a Catholic priest, member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the National Director of Family Rosary. He served as a missionary for many years travelling the globe to help people come to Jesus through Mary as part of the Family Rosary team. Now he is happy to be serving back at home in the USA!