The good news for the day February 12, 2017

Sunday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (76)

Jesus says to his followers: “I am telling you, unless your moral standards are more than  what you learned from others–educated people and religious leaders—you will not become part of the kingdom of heaven. … “You have been hearing what was passed to you from previous generations, “You shall not murder; anybody who murders will go to court.” But I am telling you—anybody even angry with a family member will be called to judgment. … “You have always heard, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I am telling you, anyone who looks at a woman with desire has already committed adultery with her in his heart….  “Again—you have heard that it has been said to you through your ancestors, “Do not take a false pledge, but make good to the Lord all that you promise.” But I am telling you, do not make any absolute promises “by God.” Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’—your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more comes from something bad. (Matthew 5)

Every time you read scripture, you should expect it to surprise you, challenge you, remind you of the love of God—give fresh insight into the Good News. These words in the Sermon on the Mount can become trite and worn. You and I need to read them all over, and hear once again—they say something here, now, and addressed to today.

Your conscience as an adult should get past mere obedience to the past and listening to others—you know that; the Good News is that you remember to act on it. To your own self be true! How does your moral standard engage your judgments? Is there reflection with the Good News that gives you humble courage? Are you angry or have someone angry at you? With what graciousness of the loving creator do you deal with it in your self, in others? Is there a lust for money, sex, or some other addiction hidden from your mind that is curdling your inner self? Admit it—and go on! THAT is the Good News. Is there a sense of proud determination—a hard promise—swearing to yourself that “by God,’ I am going to get better? It is with God that all things are possible—don’t think to do it by yourself; get help. Live accepting your present, live as a child of God.

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