But I say to you

Greetings on this the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Sir 15:15-20; Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37
Notes: Seven times Jesus corrects the then current teaching with ‘but I say to you’.

It is urgent the American Catholic Church stop projecting and start listening to Jesus.

Everything he taught is centered on the Beatitudes.

It is a terrible reminder but one that must be given.
This stark warning from Jesus:

in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God (Jn 16:2b).

He is not speaking of the pagan but the religious.

Just like yesterday’s gospel portion – listen to him.

First reading
If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live.
Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.

Responsorial Psalm
Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Second reading
What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.

For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.

Gospel Portion
But I say to you.
But I say to you.
But I say to you.
But I say to you.
But I say to you.
But I say to you.
But I say to you.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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