Reflection from Fr. Taylor: February 12, 2017, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sirach 15: 15-20    1 Corinthians 2:6-10    Matthew 5:17-37

Today’s Gospel from Matthew continues excerpts from the Sermon on the Mount. One of the things that we as people of faith often forget is that we can commit serious sin not by what we actually do but by how we live and the example we give to others. Thinking and wishing evil is very offensive. We do know that many of these precepts are hard to live up to, but they are things that we should strive for in life.

With so much bigotry and anger going around in society it is a good time to make a personal examination of conscience. Where do we stand in all of this? While we can not control all that goes on around us, we can control our relationship to it and what our attitude brings us to do each day.  Often we do not realize how much good will is spread just by how we relate to each other on a one on one basis.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus knew he was appealing to two crowds: 1. Preaching to the choir, and 2. Preaching to those who were not concerned and would not pay attention to what he said. We the people of God who come to church today know He is speaking to us about how we conduct our lives and affairs.

Our hearts and our prayers continue to go out to the many migrants,  immigrants, and refugees who are suffering during this time of restraint. We pray for them and promise to do what we can to help them. The worst thing any Christian can do of course is to be silent in all of this. Our voices have to be heard.

May God continue to bless us as we continue to do His work. There is a lot of justice, healing, and forgiveness that needs to be done. It starts right here with you and me.

 

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