Friday 26 February 2021

About Today Readings

Day of penance

Ezekiel 18:21-28. If you, O Lord, laid bare our guilt, who could endure it? – Psalm 129(130). Matthew 5:20-26.

‘I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.’

In today’s Gospel, we see how Jesus goes beyond the simple tenets of the Law in showing the people how they should behave. He says he has come not to abolish the Law but to complete it; the new standard will be higher than the old. He encourages his disciples to seek meanings beyond those seen by the ancestors.

Jesus urges his followers to keep peace with each other, to clear up differences between themselves before engaging in laws and rituals. We too should work to humanise our social structures and personal relationships, making our decisions in the light of truth and compassion rather than an inflexible and unfeeling application of the law.

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