Sirach 15: 15-20
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 119: 1-2.4-5.17-1 8.33-34 (R. 1b)
R. Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!
2nd Reading I Corinthians 2:6-10
ALLELUIA Matthew 11 :25
Alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom. Alleluia.
Matthew 5: 17-.37
Today’s readings is very insightful and teaches us how God wants us to live. The first reading tells us we are accountable for our actions. The second reading talks of the wisdom of God, quite different from human wisdom. The only way to receive this wisdom is through the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel gives examples of these and teaches us the way of life.
The Lord enjoined us to be holy even as He is.
We must not be angry with our brothers and sisters but nake peace. We must be sexually pure not only in deed but in thought Our marriages and conversations are to be under Jesus’ lordship. We must even love our enemies as Jesus loves them. Jesus expects us to meet the highest standards ever set for morality. We do this not by our power but only by the Spirit Who makes us holy
The Lord also teaches that our YES must be YES and our NO must be NO. That is to say that whatever we are saying must come from the honesty and integrity of our heats. In other words, what we say, exteriorly, must be spoken from the depths of our being. Our words must flow from that which is in our hearts.
The first thing to note is the more general fact that Jesus’ life and teaching brings us to a new depth of morality. No longer are we to simply avoid seriously sinful actions, we are now called to avoid even interior tendencies toward these actions. Not only must we purify our external actions, we must also purify our hearts.