Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 13, 2011
Sirach 15: 15-20
I Corinthians 2: 6-10
Matthew 5: 17-34
As we know from accounts found in the Old Testament, God the Father established a Covenant, that is to say, a personal relationship with the people He shoes to be His own, the people of Israel.
As part of this Covenant, God revealed that the Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, were to be understood as a concrete way for the Jewish People to express their love and fidelity to Him as the One and Only God.
When Christ came and began His Public Life, He told those who chose to listen that the Decalogue, given to them from His Father through Moses, maintained its importance and that He, Jesus of Nazareth, would bring it to its perfection.
Christ directed His followers to continue their daily living out of these precepts. Through the intervening centuries, however, Christians have given these God-given laws various interpretations.
On the one hand, there have been those who have interpreted these commandments in a very severe and restrictive fashion. In so doing, these laws become cold, sever and pharisaical with no acknowledgement of their true purpose: a reflection of God’s love for us and our love for Him.
On the other hand, especially in our time, there is an erroneous opinion that the Ten Commandments are simply “guidelines” or “suggestions” which are not binding. The latter view is reflected in the present state of “moral lawlessness” so common in our society and culture.
Yet, in the Gospel for this Sunday Mass, Christ calls us to understand that our love for Him and His Father and our fellow man, is best expressed in our fidelity to the Ten Commandments.
May this Gospel passage from Saint Matthew and our reception of the Body and Blood of Christ give us the strength and courage to remain faithful to the Decalogue and thereby give witness to our love for God and our fellow man.