Pertaining to today’s Gospel reading: Matthew 5:17-37:
“This man speaks harshly; who can listen to his words?” some disciples around Jesus are heard muttering this in John’s gospel, chapter 6. It’s a moment of crisis, when many decide to go back to their homes and leave the Jesus movement behind. His way is too harsh, and they were looking for an easier ride to spiritual truth.
If Matthew’s gospel has a crisis chapter, it’s probably right here, chapter 5, during the sermon on the mount. Jesus is spelling out the terms of discipleship, and it turns out his followers will be obliged to keep the commandments much more strictly than even Moses had imagined. To those who thought it was going to be all “love one another,” Jesus declares that whatever evil we harbor in our hearts is just as deadly as what we do with our hands or utter with our tongues. This is extreme religion, calling us to get serious, daring us to go big or go home. Many take this opportunity to exit. Will we stay? (Alice Camille)
Think about this: are you in the business of religion for right answers or right actions? Is it more important to be right or to do right? Hmmmm?
We have John & Blanche Mussio Scholarship forms at the rectory. They are for any member of the Catholic or public school graduating class of 2020 for a first year of college work at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Applicants for the award must:
TREATED FAIRLY: Do not expect to be treated fairly in this life. People will say and do hurtful things to you, things that you don’t deserve. When someone mistreats you, try to view it is as an opportunity to grow in grace. See how quickly you can forgive the one who has wounded you. Don’t be concerned about setting the record straight. God will do that. Instead of obsessing about other people’s opinions of you, keep your focus on Jesus. Ultimately, it is His view of you that counts.
As you concentrate on relating to Him, remember the He has clothed you in righteousness and holiness. He sees you attired in these radiant garments, which He bought for you with His blood. This also is not fair; it is pure gift. When others treat you unfairly, remember that His ways are better than fair. His ways are Peace and Love, which He has poured out into your heart by His Holy Spirit.