The Good News for the Dayt, June 15, 2017
Friday of the tenth Week of Ordinary Time (363
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard people say, “Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I an telling you, Anybody looking at another person as a sexual object, wanting action has already committed adultery in the heart. If your right eye causes you trouble, you get it removed–throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your body parts than to have your whole body waste away and become trash. And if your right hand causes you trouble, you have it cut off and thrown away. It is better for you to lose one of your body parts than to have your whole body waste and become trash in ge-henna.(“ge-henna” was their junk yard)
“They have also said, anybody divorcing a spouse has to give a bill of divorce. I am telling you, though, anybody divorcing a spouse (there are exceptions) creates a system of adultery–and anybody marrying that abandoned spouse commits adultery. (Mathew 5).
People form a culture around you–it becomes the air you breathe. It is sometimes moral, ethical and creative; other times it is permissive, amoral and independent of the right thing to do. Jesus does not give commands for specific behavior. that is the task of Law, Pharisees and Authorities.
The Good News is waking up to the “Realm of What is Right”–not specific behaviors, but a spirit of goodness and peace, a sense of humility and service, a feeling of gratitude and joy–and fundamentally a sense of respect for the Family of God around you.
What is that spirit, that attitude? Don’t look at people as sex objects. Don’t let your desire for things–or control over others–corrupt you like cancer?.Don’t let your eye of appreciation become an eye of appropriation. Let your love of your spouse be a constant act of respect, forgiveness and service. Let the good News of constant love be your Way of Life.