Last updated on March 3, 2021
Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies. –St. Ambrose
Gospel Matthew 5. 20-28
“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 with him. 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.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.
If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.
My soul is waiting for the Lord.
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchman for daybreak.
(Let the watchman count on daybreak
and Israel on the Lord.)
Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.
Jesus shows us the bright horizon of living with a heart of love, like His. Yet, his disciples were probably downcast after hearing the demanding call to go beyond the Ten Commandments. They knew, though, it’s the same Lord who healed, silenced demons and sent them fleeing. They were, just like we are, inspired to live such a beautiful and high calling.
We, created in His image and likeness, intrinsically long to love heroically with pure hearts. He knows our weak and sinful hearts. That’s why he came, Incarnate Son of God, who tells us we can do nothing without him (Jn 5.15). Through our repentance and persevering prayer, he will give us a new heart filled with love so that we move toward that horizon.