Jesus tells us in this Sunday’s Gospel that He has not come to abolish the law but to “complete” them. The “Law,” in this case (and in most cases in the Bible), refers to the teachings of Moses and the prophets.
Jesus’ teaching does something very important for us and for all those who were “yoked” to the Law in His time: It reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten Commandments and the moral of the Old Testament. But Jesus’ Gospel, the Gospel of salvation, is also far above the Law. Jesus demands a morality that is far higher than what was lived by the most pious of Jews: The scribes and the Pharisees.
Jesus makes it abundantly clear: It is not enough to observe the law “outwardly.” It is simply insufficient to merely not murder, not commit adultery, not divorce, not lie, etc. Of course, we definitely should not engage in any of these but it just isn’t enough!
The law of the “New Covenant” (Novum Testamentum in Latin - “New Testament.” See Luke 22:20) is a law that God has inscribed and continues to inscribe on our hearts by Grace — by His Holy Spirit (see Jeremiah 31:31-34). The Holy Spirit poured into our hearts is the New Law. Our hearts, in the biblical sense, are the very centre of our person: The centre of our motivations, the place from which overflow our actions and our words (see Matthew 6:21; 15:18-20).
Jesus, in our readings at Mass this Sunday, calls us