Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent ‘a’
For some people, it is very hard to adjust to certain changes. For example, moving into a new house in a new town, or changing a car. A friend of mine replaced a very old car with a brand new one, but after driving it for a couple weeks he told me that he misses his old car – ‘I don’t like this new technology, it confuses me, and I preferred that big engine that I had in my previous car,’ he said. Some of us like changes, some don’t; and some changes are necessary, but some things should never change. However, when it comes to God’s commandments, nothing should be changed or removed. But still, there are some Christians that would make excuses for breaking one or another of the commandments. Some might say that those commandments used to make sense thousands of years ago when they were first formulated, but not today. Today we live by different standards, they say. Not so. Jesus is making this very clear today: “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.” Yes, the times are different today, we are different, but God’s commandments are still active, alive, necessary and, most importantly, they help us live better, holier lives.