But I say to you

Often we imagine – to tell you the truth – that the teaching of Jesus was much softer that the hard edges of the laws of Moses. Yet – to be honest with you – what we discover in today’s Gospel (Matthew 5:17-37) is the very opposite of this. In the face of an ages’ long understanding that the role of a Rabbi was to simply repeat what they had been taught by their master Rabbi, Jesus dares to teach something new. And when he declares that ‘you have heard it said’ and then he goes on to say ‘but I say to you…’ the new teaching that he gives does not soften the laws – they sharpen them into instruments that are capable to reaching deep inside each of our hearts with frightening effect.
Recorded at St John Vianney, 8.30am (7’48”)
Sunday 06 A
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