Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel Of Matthew 5:20-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
"I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

"You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you,
whoever is angry with brother
will be liable to judgment.

"You have heard that it was said,
You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

"Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.

But I say to you, do not swear at all.
Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.'
Anything more is from the evil one."

In this Sunday's reading, Jesus takes the Mosaic law to its fulfillment.  The simple but profound truth that evil deeds begin with evil thoughts, and good actions are incomplete until our inner selves are transformed.  Christ does not ask for half measures - he demands all of our selves.  When we give all, we will find that he lives in us, and goodness will flow out of us from him.

St. Paul Miki and the martyrs of Japan, whose feast is today, literally surrendered all of themselves for their faith in Jesus Christ.  And St. Paul Miki forgave his killers from a cross, just as Jesus forgave his executioners.  Christ lived in him from a cross in Japan.  Most of us will not be called to actual martyrdom, but we can let die that selfish part of ourselves each day by not only doing good, but by letting Christ live in us. Scott Salvato, Director of Campus Ministries - Molloy College

Today is the Feast of St. Paul Miki and Companions
Paul Miki was the son of a Japanese military leader. He was born at Tounucumada, Japan, and was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama.  He joined the Jesuits in 1580, and became known for his eloquent preaching. He was crucified on February 5, 1597 with twenty-five other Catholic clergy and lay people.  He forgave his executioners from the cross. All rights reserved.

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