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Sunday Gospel Reflection with Fr. Bill Grimm

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  • February 14, 2014
Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)
Matthew 5:17-37
17 'Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.

18 In truth I tell you, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, is to disappear from the Law until all its purpose is achieved.

19 Therefore, anyone who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of Heaven; but the person who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of Heaven.

20 'For I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of Heaven.

21 'You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You shall not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court.

22 But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it before the court; anyone who calls a brother "Fool" will answer for it before the
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Jesus taught the adults and blessed the children, but the Church has gotten it backwards. That was not the case in the early days of the Church. The section of Matthew’s Gospel that we call "The Sermon on the Mount" was intended by Matthew as a sort of catechism for adults.

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