February 18, 2017
7th Sunday - A (February 19, 2017)
I Say to You …
The idea behind the rule “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is to ensure that revenge does not get out of hand (a kind of punishment that fits the crime). It is for the preservation of a community and a tribe.
The law of Jesus goes beyond the benefits of one community or tribe, or even one people or one nation. Jesus gives and is the new law of love for all humanity. In Christ, all are brothers and sisters, children of the same Heavenly Father.
Yet, in our world today, we, Christians included, might not even put a community first. We often operate by the principle, “What’s in it for me.”
As Jesus continues to teach the new law, today’s Gospel certainly offers us a chance for some examination of conscience.
How am I living for all others the way Jesus Christ does?
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