Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A – 2017

May the peace of Christ Reign in our hearts,
In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks to us about the Law and the Prophets,
and he calls us all to a more heartfelt observance of God’s law.

Our observance of the Law has to be more than rote.
It has to be more than going through the motions.

Our observance of the Law has to be more than giving the bare minimum or simply following of letter of the law.

That’s what the scribes and the Pharisees did.

God wants and needs more from us.

God want our lives and our moral conduct to be motivated by a love which goes way beyond the simple letter of the law.

When you love someone you want the best for them.
When you love someone you want to give them the best you have.

A mom who loves her children would never just put a bowl of cheerios on the table for her kids day in and day out and then make herself a warm meal.

Yes, she would be following the letter of the law by “feeding” her children but love would never permit her to do such a thing.

I’ve known lots of Moms and Dad’s including my own who have taken food off their plates because their children were hungry.
They make this sacrifice because that what love demands.

The law, the Ten Commandments are from God
they are given to us because God loves us and they show us the way home.

He didn’t give them to us to take away our fun.
He gave them to us because observing them with love is the best possible choice we can ever make.

Jesus uses three examples he reminds us that…

It’s not enough to avoid murdering someone,
love calls us to love our enemies and do good to those who persecute us.

It’s not enough to be physically faithful to our spouse,
love calls us to treat everyone with respect and reverence and not look lustfully on them.

One kid told me that he felt that looking at women and allowing his imagination to go into overdrive was like cheating in his head.

He felt this way because of his love for his girlfriend.
He understood that love called him to more.

Every human relationship is based on truthfulness
Telling the truth..

If you can’t trust someone to tell the truth then you can’t really be in a relationship with them.

Sometimes we are inclined to take the easy way out and tell a little lie or a little fib.

Both love and the law demand that we tell the truth…
They also demand that we find charitable ways to do so.

Love does would not permit us to use the truth as a sledge hammer or to knock someone over the head with the truth.

We need to find a way to share the truth in charitable and loving way which can change a heart.

Jesus reminds us in the Gospel
“Say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no.”

No the letter of the law is never enough.

Sadly the scribes and the Pharisees believed that the blind dry observance of the law was enough to be justified.

Jesus wants more from his followers.
Love calls us to more.
When we choose to follow God’s law in a loving way
we choose the path of righteousness and holiness.

Let’s return to the first reading just a moment because it sums everything up beautifully.

“If you choose you can keep the commandments,
they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live
Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.”

What are we choosing Life or death, good or evil?

Remember we chose not by what we do but rather by how we love


1 comment:

CenzLuBellsMom said...

Amazing! Inspiring!! Just the words I needed this week.