Gospel: Matthew 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.”
It is amazing how a reading can just jump off the page and you can relate it to almost everything in your everyday life. I was listening to the Black Eye Pea’s, (where is the Love) the other day. In the lyrics, it says can you practice what you preach, and would you turn the other cheek. What would you do? Since going to church or coming back from a religious event are you still adhering to what your mission was and taking action?
This reading says that these command’s God has put in front of us are not going anywhere! You can choose to obey these commandments and share God’s greatness or choose to do the opposite. It is a challenge, because in everyday life because you get side tracked a lot. Trust me, I know.
It is up to you to step up and become a leader. Matthew said he is not here to abolish them but to fulfill them. You are not abolishing the old rules and trying to come up with your own. The work is done for you if you read the commandments, understand them, and then take action to share them.
Our mission as a Viatorian leader is to practice and teach these commands so we are not only fulfilling ourselves, but also the ones around us. Then, when it is our time, we will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Rebecca Lychock, 20, St. Viator Parish, Las Vegas
Young Adult Leader
- Being a Viatorian is important to me because it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you’re just like family. You’ll be taken in by the Viator family and be provided with any help you need. Even if you stray away — which I am guilt of — your family (Viatorian Community) is always there encouraging you and is right by your side as soon as you walk back into church.
- One thing I am doing to grow closer to God in this Lenten Season is to get right back on track with my religious faith. I am giving up making excuses and taking action. I promised myself to be more motivated and to help my community. I want to become a big sister at Catholic Charities and to spend time with the children who are less fortunate.