Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
What do we expect of ourselves today? Did we sleep well? Did we have a good breakfast and did we drink enough coffee?
What do other people expect of us today?
What do you think God is expecting of us today?
Are we willing to give a little extra at each of these levels today?
In our reading from Deuteronomy Moses’s is standing before the people and he is expecting something more from them as they are about to enter the Promised Land. Moses is encouraging them to observe all the Laws that God has given them to follow because the Law and God are one. Their obedience to God’s Laws will give evidence of wisdom to the other nations. The Laws of God are life-giving because without the Law they will be without life, hope, a direction. They are expected to do more than the nations around them.
In our Gospel Jesus is encouraging the people to follow the law when he says, “I have not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law.” He is encouraging his disciples to follow the law but to also take it to another level by following the spirit of the law. If they follow his laws and keep his commandments, they will be the greatest in the kingdom of God.
We gather during this Lenten Season to see how we are doing in relation to God’s laws. We are halfway through Lent, and the church gives us the teaching of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Have we done just the base minimum or have we surpassed all that God expects of us?