Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio, Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, Wednesday 18 March 2020
Gospel: Matthew 5:17-19
Today’s Gospel teaches how to observe the law of God in its complete fulfillment. Matthew writes in order to help the communities of converted Jews overcome the criticism of the brothers of their own race who accused them, saying, “You are unfaithful to the Law of Moses.” Jesus Himself had been accused of infidelity to the Law of God. Matthew has Jesus’ clarifying response to His accusers. Thus, Matthew sheds some light to help the communities solve their problems.
There were several different tendencies in the first Christian communities. Some thought that it was not necessary to observe the laws of the Old Testament, because we are saved by faith in Jesus and not by the observance of the Law. Others accepted Jesus, the Messiah, but they did not accept the liberty of spirit with which some of the communities lived the message of Jesus. They thought that, being Jews, they had to continue to observe the laws of the Old Testament. 
But like Jesus, they should advance and show in practice, the objective that the Law wanted to attain in people’s lives, that is, in the perfect practice of love.
The great concern in Matthew’s Gospel is to show that the Old Testament, Jesus of Nazareth, and the life in the Spirit cannot be separated. The three of them form part of the same and unique plan of God and communicate to us the certainty of faith: The God of Abraham is present in the midst of the community by faith in Jesus of Nazareth who sends us His Spirit.