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;