Wednesday 10 March 2021

For now, for ever


Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.’

MATTHEW 5:17-19


When something new comes along, a trend, a fad, a fashion, it can swoop away all that has gone before, and can bring a freshness, a new perspective, something exciting – until the next one. The fad is just for now. And since there is nothing new under the sun, fashion simply keeps repeating itself, even if in a different guise. Some new things, of course, which are more serious and profound, can have a lasting effect and change the world for ever.

The Church, too, is always looking for new ways to do things, and the phrase “the new way of being church” can excite some whilst leaving others rather unimpressed. When Jesus begins his public ministry, with a new teaching which has authority, bringing a fresh outlook on what it means to be human and how we can relate to God, people may have thought that this was the end of all that had gone before. Some may have been excited about it, others more concerned.

Jesus, though, reassures them that, far from dismissing all that has gone before, he has come to fulfil them, to bring them to completion. The new Covenant he establishes grows from the Old Covenant. He is true to the past promises of God. He is the promise of God, a fulfilment of God’s designs for the world, for now, for ever.


God our Father, with all the changes and chances of life, help us to look to Jesus, the fulfilment of your promises, the constant in our life. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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