SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jesus' program for becoming children

of the kingdom of heaven is presented

in a series of contrasts between what

the law of Moses commands and how Jesus'

teaching brings that law to fulfillment.

We hear four such contrasts today. Jesus

makes it clear that He has come not to

abolish but to fulfill the Masaic Law

and the prophets. He challenges us to

have our righteousness, that is, our

right relationship with God and others,

exceed that of the teachers of His day.

Today's Gospel contrasts what the law

says about murder, adultery, divorce,

and taking oaths with Jesus' teaching

on these matters. In world of preventative

strikes, Jesus forbids even anger.

For Jesus, reconciliation has priority

even over worship; adultery includes

yielding to lust for another; and

speaking with simplicity and integrity

renders oath-taking unnecessary.

Sirach encourages us: If we choose,

we can keep the commandments and

they will save us; if we trust in

God, we shall live. Paul refers

to God's wisdom as not identified

with that of this age.

How is the Spirit calling you to

trust that God's wisdom and

strength will become yours?

priority even over worship;

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