Homily: Wednesday, 10th week in ordinary time, year 1
St Paul is teaching about the New Covenant which is a relationship forged by the Spirit poured into our hearts at Baptism and through Confirmation. But Jesus says that the purpose of old Law of the Old Covenant still applies! What’s going on?
St Paul explains elsewhere that the Law is a tutor that leads us to Christ (Gal 3:24). Doing what the Law says guarantees a right relationship with Christ. So, by doing what the Law requires of us we enter into and experience the living , saving knowledge of God through the encounter of Jesus in our lives. Only then are we are set free by the Spirit.
In summary, Law keeping brings us to Christ, and it is only then, when faith has come, we are no longer under the restrictions of the Law (Gal 3:25) because our right conduct is guaranteed by faith. Law keeping is, however, foundational to both the old and the new Law.
That’s why Jesus commands us to keep the Law. And that’s why keeping the precepts of the Church is so important. Hopefully we can understand how they “guarantee the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer, the sacramental life, moral commitment, and growth in love of God and neighbour.” They guarantee our relationship with Jesus. That’s why keeping them is imperative - because not keeping them means that we don't have Jesus!