February 12 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Check your desires

February 8th, 2017

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First Reading   Sirach 15:15–20
The eyes of God see all he has made.

 

Responsorial Psalm   Psalm 119:1–2,4–5, 17–18,33–34
Happy are those who walk in the way of the Lord.

 

Second Reading   1 Corinthians 2:6–10
God has revealed this wisdom to us through the Spirit.

 

Gospel Reading Matthew 5:17–37

 

Today's Gospel invites us to understand the deeper meaning of religion and the difference between observing the “letter of the law” and “the spirit of the law”. It was Jesus’ teaching that it was not enough not to commit a sinful act (like murder or adultery); the only thing sufficient was never even to wish to commit a sinful act. It means that thoughts are just as important as deeds, and that it is not enough not to commit a sin; the only thing that is enough is not to wish to commit it. By Jesus’ standards a man is not a good man until he never even desires to do a forbidden thing.