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Ordinary Time
Sir. 15:15-20
Cycle AI Cor. 2:6-10 12 February 2017
Mt. 5:17-37
INTRODUCTION: This weekend continues for three
Sunday's now Jesus'
Inaugural Address,
regarded as the Keynote of the
New Age or the Constitution
of the Kingdom of God.
INTRODUCTION: Today is spelled out the
spirit of the New
Testament religion:

"The disciples of Jesus are to go


beyond mere legalism in keeping the
Ten Commandments."
1
THE JEWS
spoke with pride about the
Law of Moses, the Torah.

It was the best gift they


had received from God.
1 In their synagogues, they kept it with
great veneration in a special place called
The Holy of Holies.
1

In the Law, they found everything


needed to be faithful to God.
1
JESUS
however, was
not obsessed
with the Law.
1
JESUS
He did not
concentrate on
studying or
teaching it to his
disciples.
1
JESUS
He was never
preoccupied by the
strict observance of
the Law that over
time reached to more
than 500.
1
JESUS
He did not of course
start a campaign
against it, but it did
not take a central
place in his heart or
in his teaching.
2
JESUS sought the will of God from a
different perspective:
He saw his God he called Abba
trying to find his way into the hearts
of people to make them build a
more humane and just world.

That spells the difference that


revolutionized everything.
2
The Law is not the
deciding reference to
know what God wants
from us; rather, what is
most important is
"to seek the
Kingdom of God
and his justice."
2
THE PHARISEES
AND THE SCRIBES
were only pre-occupied
with the strict
observance of the laws
with little concern
for love and justice.
2 JESUS,
wanted his "If your justice is
disciples to be
moved by a
not better than the
different scribes and the
spirit: Pharisees, you will
not enter the
Kingdom of God."
2
We must go beyond the legalism
that is satisfied with the literal
fulfillment of laws.
3
When we seek
the will of God
with the
passion of
Jesus, we
always go well
beyond the letter
of the Law.
3
To make a more humane world that
Jesus wants,
it is not enough only not to kill
but to banish all hatred from
one's heart;
nor to commit adultery only but
to rid oneself of all lust,
nor to make vows to the Lord but
to make good your vows to the
Lord.
3
Listen to Jesus' words very carefully:

"I have not come to


abolish the Law and the
Prophets but to fulfill it."
3
Jesus did not come to do away with the legal and
religious legacy of the Old Testament.

He came to fulfill and enrich


the human family and liberate
it from the danger of legalism.
CONCLUSION:
Our Christianity will be all
the more evangelical and
humane to the extent that we
learn to keep the
commandments of God,
the precepts of the
Church, or the traditions
of the people the way
Jesus did: +ART
CONCLUSION:

seeking a more
just and
humane world
as His Father
wants.
+ART