12th June 2019

“I have not come to abolish the law and the prophets…”
Matthew 5:17-19

Who did Jesus learn God’s law from? Jesus did not appear on earth as an adult. He was brought up in a human family, just like us. He learnt from St Joseph and Mary our mother, who practiced and taught these commands. They showed Jesus how to live the law in their ordinary lives through all sorts of trials. Mary said to the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”

Are we like the Pharisees, who in their pride thought that they were superior to the tax collectors and prostitutes because they obeyed the letter of the law? They received their reward of high status on earth. Mary however, lived a simple life and fulfilled God’s law in whatever she did. She taught her family and friends God’s commandments, but her family and friends were Jesus and the Apostles. We can take Mary as our model and in humility and love fulfil God’s law and be called great in the kingdom of heaven.