Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 16, 2014


Our readings invite us to consider some real, healthy, but difficult tensions of our humanity.  Rarely, does life present clear answers, but through sacred scripture, tradition and our own experience, we are capable of knowing the mind of God in all things.

For many reasons, the Psalm summarizes our readings today.  It is the longest of the Psalms and the Psalm from which the Basilians find their motto:  Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.

In our first reading, we hear about discipline:  our ability to choose good over evil.  In our second reading, we hear about knowledge:  what is true wisdom.  And in our Gospel, we hear about goodness as Jesus teaches us about the spirit that forms and supports the law.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37).



  1. Dear Fr. Chris,


    You have amazed me that goodness is foremost of the three. It is the goodness of God to know this from your homily. I thank you sincerely for another well-thought, profound expression of your calling as a priest. You are God’s Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge whom many would be benefited in their encounter with you as God intended for His humanity. Thus, I have informed many other parishioners I’ve met from other churches- I’ve met to listen to your homilies.

    As I am typing this, two questions propped up in my mind. Does the person who is goodness could be considered a good Christian with a well-live life even without knowledge and discipline? Are discipline and knowledge acquired or learned only through formal institutions of learning or academically? Is it what this teaching meant to us as Catholic Christians?

    Thank you very kindly for your generous time in affording answers to my questions.

    God’s blessings,

  2. Rosemary,

    I am sure Father Chris has a much better response to your question that I would. However, I wanted to say thanks for posting this as it made me think quite a bit.

    My humble and probably far too simplified response is this: I believe we can learn discipline and knowledge from many sources in our lives, and not just through formal educational institutions. I think that knowledge and discipline begins in the home, with parents teaching their children and attempting to inspire and guide them as best they can. I believe the Bible and the teachings Jesus provided us with give us a good deal of guidance with regards to discipline and the knowledge in his teachings far surpasses anything I have learned during my education. Attending Mass and learning from others in the church can teach us many things and instill a sense of discipline about our spiritual lives as well as other aspects of our lives.

    If we strive to expand our knowledge and become better people and better Catholics, that is disciplining ourselves to grow and learn and hopefully help others in their journey as well. As we go through various stages in our lives, we will be challenged by God to learn more and discipline ourselves more and correct ourselves. For example being a parent calls for a discipline of self so that we can be better parents. We can learn much from our every day experiences, in our various roles be it parent, child, employee, employer, friend, wife, etc.

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