June 10, 2022
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Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 363

1 Kings 19:9a, 11-16
Psalm 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14
Matthew 5:27-32

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Matthew 5:27-32

Throughout the gospels, Jesus shows us the way through the use or many parables.  Today, he directly addresses adultery and divorce.  He takes this lesson further than ‘you shall not commit adultery.’ to consider acting on the sin is enough to get one into trouble. We are judged on intentions not only deeds.  As I reflected upon this gospel, I struggled with the deeper meaning, so looked to some other resources to aid in my understanding.  One estimation of this gospel made complete sense: The purpose of today’s gospel was to remind the people that we will always fall short of God’s high expectations. In order to get the attention of his disciples (likely a group of young men) talking about sexual sin was the way to go. Essentially, obedience or following the letter of the law, is not enough.  People must follow the spirit of the law.  An example that may be more applicable to everybody is that hate is as bad as the heinous act of murder.

Once I found an understanding of this concept, I began to examine my reaction to the ten commandments as a starting point. The Ten Commandments represent an ageless moral compass.  I found this image that served as a simple tool for reflection:
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Once the commandments are simplified it became easier to dig into the spirit of the laws.  Take some time in the coming days to reflect on ‘God’s Rules.’ 

  • How do I apply the Ten Commandments to my life—in my actions and most importantly in my thoughts? 

Jesus knows how difficult it is for us to employ these laws of love as our humanity can get in the way. Ask Jesus for guidance in living a life in accordance with His rules.  Look for examples in others—Jesus surrounds us with great models.  We have to be observant and open to the lessons and guidance that are all around us.

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