Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Jesus Wants the Best of Us!: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

6thSunday in Ordinary Time
10 Commandments
·      Out of 613 laws, or the Torah, in the Old Testament
·      Only God could have created these laws
Then Jesus enters the stage
·      You have heard that it was said…But I say to you
·      So, is Jesus really a God, or is he publicly blaspheming God?
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill
1. You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
·      But I say to you,
whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment
·      That is a higher goal…not just killing someone, but not to be angry, or even bringing that frustration to love to Jesus
2. You shall not commit adultery
·      But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart
·      I mean, check that out in our society. Jesus is teaching us, not only to divorce and remarry another woman (or man), but to seek chastity with our minds, our eyes, our hearts
·      It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife -  unless the marriage is unlawful -
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery
o   Unless the marriage is unlawful = not a sacramental marriage 
·      And, this is why we still believe in an annulment process for seeking peace, purity, and a second chance for a true sacramental marriage
·      This is a tough one, but Jesus did teach this!
3. “Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath
·      But I say to you, do not swear at all;
not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,' and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’”
He wants us, not for mediocre, but excellence, not sinners, but saints

·      Interiority, salvation, excellence, grace makes us renewed

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