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The Fulfillment of All Things

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

With today’s Readings (2 Corinthians 3:4-11 & Matthew 5:17-19) we usher in the return of ordinary time. As the Priests of our Church once again proceed down the aisle to the altar of our Lord in their green vestments, we are reminded of the role that ordinary time plays in the cultivation of our faith.

The color green has always symbolized life, renewal, growth and fertility, apt metaphors for the graces that can be obtained during this time on our liturgical calendar. Fact is, the term ordinary time is something of a misnomer; there is nothing ordinary about the message of love, redemption and hope contained within the Gospels.

So as we close the book so to speak on the Acts of the Apostles and begin to delve into Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians over the next week or so, today’s passage (2 Corinthians 3:4-11) brings with it a message of confidence, a confidence not necessarily rooted in ourselves, but instead in God, for as Paul points out, it is God who has “indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit.

Paul goes on to speak of God’s unimaginable glory against the backdrop of Moses, logically pointing out that “if the ministry of condemnation was glorious, the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory.” When your hope is in the Lord, how can you not live in joyful anticipation?

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 5:17-19) Jesus explains that he has come to coexist harmoniously with the Law, to fulfill the law to be precise. Through genuine conversion and the forgiveness of sins, we begin to see that Jesus is in fact the “fulfillment” of the Old Testament. Without Jesus, we are incomplete for our salvation story is incomplete.

“O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call in you in our need, may st your promoting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it.” ~ Amen

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