It is 22nd March 2017. The readings are from Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; and the Gospel from Matthew 5:17-19. The first reading invites us to know, observe and to pass on the Law and the commandments of God. God’s wisdom is reveal in the commandments and laws of God. Our greatness comes by the adherence of the Laws of God. Lasting happiness and peace of mind comes when we are serious in obeying the laws with our heart and being. God has a purpose for providing the laws and commandments. Our personal adherence to the Lord provides the space for better living for all those who around us. By being faithful to the commandments of God is in itself a type of teaching we pass on to the others without making much noise. Moses encourages all who love the Lord to acquire wisdom and prudence by responding positively and proactively in a manner that reminds the greatness of God to the rest of the humanity. “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them”. (Deut. 4:9). The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “O praise the Lord, Jerusalem.” (Ps.147:12). The Gospel illustrates that the spirit of the law must be upheld at all circumstances of our lives. As Moses, Jesus expects all of us to make the law applicable and meaningful by loving God and one another. The fulfilment and the relevance of the law is noticed only in our personal and charitable living. Greatness comes by obedience to the commandments to the law. “Whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt.5:19). We cannot worship God in spirit and truth when we have a serious problem in following the commandments of God. Disobedience and distorting the laws of God gradually leads us away from God and to lead a life of lies and sins. We all have a moral responsibility to hand over what we have believed and followed to the younger generations. May the Lord truly bless you to be faithful to God and lead others as you are responding to the love of God amidst all your daily challenges, temptations, failures, and disappointments. James Hudson Tylor once said, “A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.” May you have a good day. May God bless you.

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