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Living Out Values of Commandments – Feb. 16, 2014


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Mt 5:20-22.27-28.

Continuing his “Sermon on
the Mount,” Jesus shows how
demanding the “New Law” can
be. Through a series of forceful
statements, he shows that real
holiness can be achieved only by
satisfying the greater demands
of the values enshrined in every
individual commandment.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness
surpasses that of
the scribes and Pharisees, you
will not enter the kingdom of
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. 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.
Again you have heard that
it was said to your ancestors,
‘Do not take a false oath, but
make good to the Lord all that
you vow.’ But I say to you, do
not swear at all. Let your ‘Yes’
mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’
mean ‘No.’ Anything more is
from the evil one.”

Jesus tells us that he is not as concerned with the the outward manifestations of obedience to the commandments as He is with us doing what is asked of us willingly and without intent to conceal the truth. Our conscience serves as His voice that will guide us in determining what is right and wrong.

Following Jesus requires us to live out the real values of commandments beyond the mere contextual meaning provided by each. When we are commanded not to kill, we are reminded to also consider the everyday “killing” we do to others when we destroy their reputation with rumors or the hate in our hearts. Every act we do in following the commandments must be rooted to our love for God and others.