Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Sir. 15:15-20 | Ps. 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 | 1Cor. 2:6-10 | Mt. 5:20-22a, 27-18, 33-34a, 37

The readings draw from the Wisdom of the ages and lead us to live lives that truly are worthy of God.  Sirach is a compilation of choices.  Most of us would choose the water rather than the fire.  Wisdom teaches us that.  Sirach ends by reminding us that God’s eyes are upon us and God sees what we choose to do.

Paul continues his talk to the Corinthians and speaks about what the virtue of Wisdom is.  We do not know what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Jesus is giving His talk on the mountain.  He tells us that He did not come to abolish the laws but to fulfill them.  He embellishes the commandments and reminds us that we are to be better than the Scribes and Pharisees.  Jesus is inviting us to go one step further in living the commandments.  He invites us to do more than follow the letter of the law….“an eye for an eye” has to be thrown out.  To be a disciple of Jesus, one must forgive the other and grow in love.

How can you live the commandments at a deeper level?  Pick one commandment and find a way to live it at a deeper level and begin to practice that each day.  Check on your progress at the end of the day.

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