We've established that Jesus came as a rule breaker. He came to do more than re-affirm the old traditions, but to create new ones. But Jesus did not come to abolish what had already been taught by the prophets, He came to fulfill it during His time on earth, as a man.
Today's Gospel from Matthew is part of a larger chapter that teaches the Beatitudes, as well as about anger, divorce, adultery, and other sins that continue to plague us today. Jesus is not saying that the Mosaic tradition is wrong, but that He is here, as the Messiah, to bring us into a new age of worship and understanding.
What does that mean for us? As Christians, it means we are members of a new age. The Mosaic tradition is not wrong, but for us, it is only a step in the right direction. Jesus came to expand our understanding of what God calls to do, not enforce what we had already been taught. Thus, when He says He came to fulfill it, He is indicating that His Death and Resurrection would start a new time for His followers.
It can be tempting to completely disregard the Old Testament as outdated and unimportant. After all, didn't Jesus create a new faith, a new rite? You're right, He did. But there is value in the Old Testament, an understanding of truly how incredible God is. If anything, it provides a road map for us to better understand just how faithful God is to the promises God makes. Jesus came exactly as God promised, and the Old Testament is a testament (ha!) to that!
Today, as we pray, let us pray for the wisdom to read God's word in entirety and recognize where Jesus' new rite prevails, but also where God's grace and mercy shines forth, teaching us about God's promises. Let us fast from doubt; doubt that God's words are truly God's, that God's promises will come to fruition, or whatever else it is we find ourselves struggling with today. Just as we fight to say "no" to that cup of coffee, let us not give into our humanity that begs us to doubt and question our one, true God. Finally, as we give today, let us give God's words to others. Share Scripture through social media, invite your partner to discuss today's Gospel with you, or take time to read God's word with your child. But above all, do these things mindful of Jesus' great love for us, as shown by His coming and establishment of a new rite, a new faith through His death.
Pray for wisdom, fast from doubt, give the Word.