Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)

sexta-feira, 16 de junho de 2017

Mt seeks, in an apologetic way

Mt seeks, in an apologetic way, to resolve some comments in his context, in his community, about the person of Jesus Christ. There was no problem about knowing that Jesus was the Lord Deliverer, coming from the Father to save. The question arose in the confrontation between Jesus the Liberator and the Law of Moses. Some had no difficulty in affirming the coming of Jesus, as a Deliverer, to annul the law of Moses and establish a new law, according to their conviction, since they considered Him greater than Moses. Surely He is greater than Moses, but will not invent another Law, for that which exists is not of Moses, but of God. Therefore, He will not abolish the Law, but will fulfill it in detail. The text makes it clear that the Law will be fulfilled absolutely. Others, on the other hand, wanted the Law as it was in the Old Testament and not according to Jesus Christ. So it was necessary to do an action by Jesus to show everyone that He is the law-abiding man, his rightful interpreter. And at that moment, it acts as THE DEFINITIVE LEGISLATOR of the Father's will in history (It was said, "But I say unto you ...").

2. The truth is that Jesus did not come, according to the text, to destroy the Law established by God. In fact, what Jesus intends is to give his deepest meaning, leading it to its highest degree of perfection. Many misrepresent the Law, casting it in the game of personal interest, making it as a "hand" in its favor, imposing it on others, in order to maintain itself in some position of domination, presents it as a condition of Fullness, but for himself. Often the law is used as "ironwork" to subordinate the other. Jesus wants the Law in its most genuine liberating meaning. The Law does not enslave, does not create dependents, but makes men and women free; It exists for all, not for a group, a society, a people. The Law of God is for all men and women of good will, who stand before Him with all their heart.

3. In Jesus Christ alone, the Law of God finds its fullness, its true fulfillment, both in itself and in the practice of its existence. In himself, Jesus accomplishes in depth the will of the Father, turning absolutely to the Abba. Christ overcomes the Law without destroying it; Without denying it as the revelation of God, is shown as the LAST REVELATION of God, Himself as the ALL that the Father meant to creation, to men and women of all times (Mt 17,5; ; Lk 9, 35). He is "the Way, the Truth and the Life" (Jn 14: 6), no one can reach the glory of the Father, dispensing with DELE (cf. Jn 14,6).

4. What should not exist is the denial of the Law given to Moses. The Old Testament is preparation for the New, it is the Law as a pedagogue, as the basis for the future, for the New and Eternal Covenant. To reject the Law of the Old Testament is to pluck the roots of a tree and still want that tree to remain alive; It is a form of annulment of God's own will; Is a completely misleading interpretation of the teachings of Jesus, as did a certain Marcion, perhaps a way of thinking of a separation from God or of imagining Him confused in Himself, which is absurd. It is also contradictory to want to live according to Jesus Christ, but according to the Old Testament, disconnected from the New. It should not be forgotten that the Promise must be read from its fulfillment, that is, from the New and Eternal Covenant. The disciple of Christ turns to the Old Testament with fixed eyes on the Savior. The practice of the Commandments, however small it may be, is given in the light of Christ.

5. It is from Jesus Christ that the disciple will understand what it means "If your righteousness is not greater than the righteousness of the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." First of all, the term justice is not used in Sacred Scripture in a legal sense (giving the other what is rightfully), but in the sense of the fulfillment of God's saving plan. The justice of the Doctors of the Law and the Pharisees was marked by the game of personal interest, by the honors due to merit, by the right to have for what was done, a result of the practice of the Law. To His disciples Jesus commands the recognition of mercy, The gift of self as a gift of salvation to the other, the discovery of the other as the child of God and therefore brother in the same homeland, in the same faith and in the mission. In the righteousness of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law, there was no room for the poor, prostitutes, sick, demon-possessed, tax collectors, etc. All were marginalized. The intellectuals, the wealthy, the healthy, the "family" men, yes, they participated in the best places, were flattered and considered children of God. Jesus did not value people's sins, but sinners, suffering and marginalized people. Not only did he heal them and deliver them from the evil one, but he also announced to them the Gospel. He cared about each person, stared at each one, entered into his reality, felt with them, saw them


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