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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 14, 2011

KNOW ‘EM BEFORE YOU BREAK ‘EM

In case you were not aware, today’s Gospel is actually part of the same sermon on the mount we have been hearing for the past three weeks.  Jesus’ great lesson that begins with the Beatitudes and continued with salt and light continues still (in fact, it goes on for quite some time).

At the risk of oversimplifying, I believe we hear the thesis of this sermon today:  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill”.

In short, Jesus demands more from us and we hear it throughout the Gospel today.  The law is no longer understood by simple external actions, but it now has an internal reality.

Many of us believe that Jesus changed the rules, but he didn’t – he followed them to the letter.  He was a good Jew, keeping the law with devotion.

And it is precisely because he knew the rules that he could take them one step further.

The rules give us the starting place we need in order to understand why they exist.  But here is the things: Jesus tells us this morning:  You can follow all the rules, but they that won’t get you into heaven.  We have to do much more for there is always more that can be done.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Sirach 15.15-20; 1 Corinthians 2.6-10; Matthew 5.17-37)

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