(Mt 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.”
The wisdom of the law
The greatness of any nation is measured by the Law that guides it. The Law enshrines the values of a people. That which a people considers valuable and important is carved on stone. Such was the case of Israel, the people of God. The Torah guided the life of Israel.
The Law given at Sinai contain the fundamental laws of any society. In fact, all nations follow the prescriptions of the Law. The first table guides human relationship. Even if one were not a Christian believer, still the first tablet remains applicable in its essence, honor and devotion to a diety or superior being. The second tablet on the other hand establishes laws without with any human society cannot exist. What would society be if the second tablet were discarded ? Can you imagine a society that would not respect life, property, and relationship? Can you imagine a society that does not believe in truth ? What if murder, theft, and lying, and adultery were no longer deemed wrong ? Would there be justice in such a society ? Would there be honor among people ? Would there be peace ?
When, therefore, any nation tries to do away with these fundamental laws society would be on the road to perdition. The collapse of great empires were all due to their moral depravity. May it not happen to us.
Fr. Paulson V.Veliyannoor, CMF