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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the First Week of Lent Download This Homily

Ez 18:21-28

Gospel MT 5:20-26


Jesus said to his disciples: "I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into 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 his brother will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny."


Be positive, be constructive, and be proactive


Through the mouth of the prophet Ezekiel God says: “You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?” Then God makes His standpoint crystal clear. It is not He who is the cause of their troubles but their own transgressions. They are simply reaping what they have sown. Jesus illustrates this law of causality or theory of karma quite picturesquely: “From their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? So every good tree yields good fruits, and a rotten tree yields bad fruits. A good tree cannot yield evil fruits, nor can a rotten tree yield good fruits. Every tree, which does not yield good fruit, is cut down, and is thrown into the fire. Therefore from their fruits you shall know them” (Mt 7: 16-20).

 

Therefore, Jesus instructs his disciples the way to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is through doing the right thing expected of them. Kingdom of God belongs to those who live up to the plan of God. Through loving and forgiving the disciples of Jesus should generate a divine milieu within and around them. Jesus indicates that the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees were negative. They thought that they are entitled to have all the best without any contribution or cooperation from their part. Those who discern the tone of the Ten Commandments can readily recognize that in general they are negative and forbidding rather than positive and constructive. Jesus wanted his followers grow and go beyond the Pharisaic attitude of entitlement. Be positive, be constructive, and be proactive. It is through our life and attitude that we should prove our mettle.


Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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Homilies Navchetana is an initiative of Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India. We have been sending the Sunday and daily homilies last four years. We are grateful to you for your cooperation and encouraging comments. Navchetana is committed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through modern media and performing arts. Through our Web TV, audio and video productions and stage programmes we take the Gospel message to the ends of the earth. Make a donation and be a part of this noble mission.