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Readings & Psalms

Diocese of Monterey

February 16, 2014 | Sacred Heart Church


In today’s continuation of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses the relationship between the current interpretation of the law of Moses and his own. He insists that he has come to fulfill, not abolish the law. Jesus is explicit here. He repeats the phrase, “You have heard . . .” with the counterpoint, “But I say . . .” He will not settle for mere avoidance of outright murder or adultery or lying. He goes to the source of murder hatred, resentment, spite. He insists on chaste living. He overrules the one-sided loopholes that allow men to divorce women, a law based on the view of women as property. He disallows all the means that people employ to play fast and loose with marriage. His words urge mutual fidelity. His listeners and followers are to honor the law wholly and not minimally.

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