In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”
When something is fulfilled, that means it’s been completed. It’s done.
That means we’re done with the law, right? We don’t have to obey it anymore?
Of course not. We don’t have to obey the law. You and I are free to ignore any or all of the laws of God.
In just the same way that you and I are free to drive on the left side of the road.
But what you and I are not free from are the natural consequences of ignoring the law.
If I ignore the law and drive on the left side of the road, I really have no one to blame but myself when I get into an accident.
It’s the same thing with the laws of God. You and I are completely free to ignore them.
But what you and I are not free from are the natural consequences of ignoring the laws of God.
While those natural consequence may not be as immediate and obvious as a traffic accident, they are just as inevitable. And far more deadly.
Especially the first commandment.