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12, 1993 The Mes*age -- for Catholics of Southwestern lndlmn tary 9 )iL :'::: - i i:i!) By FATHER DONALD DILGER entary for Sunday, Feb. 14, Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A: 5:17-37. general context is the Sermon on the Matthew begins with a statement express- once of the ancient laws of the of Israel, the Law of Moses. Nothing can relaxed. Those who do relax the SOme little part of it, "shall be called kingdom of heaven." But those who ad teach the Law of Moses, they "shall great in the kingdom of heaven." has a problem in his Christian com- the same roblem we have to this da in T" p Y aere were conservatives on one e cry would have been, "the law, the On the other side would have been like Paul, long dead, whose cry was, freedom, freedom in Christ." We may w, the scholar and Christian commissioned by the church el- COmpose a church document that will find with which both sides can live. became what we call "The Gospel On the one hand this book upholds while on the other hand it fulfills them." Thus Matthew is g himself when he writes in scribe trained for the kingdom of householder who brings out of asure both the old and the new." >el reading Matthew solemnly pro- COnservative colleagues the endur- of observing the whole Law of E FOR COMPLETE LECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. CHNELLVILLE, IN 389-241 8 Peoples Trust Company 47441 A compromise: Per Fection of the Law of Moses Moses. But for those who cry freedom he allows that those who "relax" the law will not be ex- cluded from the Church. After stating these two principles Matthew sets about taking apart the old law, even in some cases seeming to abolish it. If anyone objected he could always say, "My princi- ple is not to show the law as having been abol- ished by Jesus, only perfected." And so he pro- ceeds to the section of his Sermon on the Mount that we call the "Six Antitheses." First Matthew states an ancient law. Then he shows how Christian practice not only observes that law, but perfects it. The first law he quotes: "Thou shalt not kill." Then he quotes Jesus saying that not only is killing forbidden but anything that could eventually lead to murder. Therefore anger at another, insults, and even name-calling are forbidden. He draws a connection between worship and conduct outside of "church," as fol- lows. If you come to worship and remember that someone has something against you, go and be reconciled before you come to the altar. In saying this Matthew is not breaking new ground. The an- cient prophets frequently insisted that public worship of God is empty unless the worshippers practice justice and peace toward their neighbors. The second thesis: "You shall not commit adultery." The anti-thesis again attacks the cause: those who already look with lust at another al- ready commit adultery in their heart. The thought is mother to the deed. Matthew now follows with harsh statements about amputating the hand, the .' foot, the eye that leads into sin. This cannot be / taken literally even by the rankest fundamentalist. / What it means is that Christians must go to any American National Bank Bicknell- Sandbom Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank i i SINCE 1888 Schum Monuments, Inc. DALE, INDIANA 937-4921 Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor Phone: 486-3285 UB STEAK HOUSE PRIME STEAKS- SEAFOOD- CHICKEN 768"62 LARGE PARTY ROOMS Haustadt, Ind. FISH FRYS DuringLe 3t (except Good Friday) _..m_-- 7:00 I).T1. 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Such in- justice is not part of Christian life and Matthew condemns it. The final thesis of today's reading is con- cerned with oaths. The ancient Israelites were al- lowed to take oaths, but not to swear falsely. Matthew reports that Jesus says, "No oaths at all." They are unnecessary among Christians who should trust one another. What Matthew is really hitting at here is the practice of the time of swearing or taking an oath, not calling God to witness, but "the throne of God, God's footstool, or Jerusalem, etc." This would have been some- thing like we might say: "I promised but I had my fingers crossed." Christians may not resort to such escape clauses. Such duplicity destroys the trust necessary for a society to function properly. This is as far as Matthew takes us today in his program for the perfecting or fulfilling of the an- cient Law of Moses. The remaining antitheses will be next Sunday's gospel. Other readings for Sunday, Feb. 14: Sirach 15:15-20; I Corinthians 2:6-10. School Continued from page 7 ECHO contest lackie Tillman is the winner of the ECHO (Evansville Coali- tion for the Homeless) essay con- test at Westside Catholic Consol. idated Intermediate School, Evansville. Mike Moers is run- ner-up. Geography bee at Resurrection Aaron Rodenberg is the win- ner of the Geography Bee at Res- urrection School, Evansville. Sixth grade winners are Mary Smither and Michelle Zirkel- bach. Seventh grade winners are Cory Spaetti and Aaron Roden- berg and eighth grade winners are Kevin Niemeier and Kristina Bohleber, Musicians at Mater Dei Students from Mater Dei High School, Evansville, who have re- ceived Division I ratings in the Indiana Music District contest and who will advance to state fi- nals include: Chris Cavera, Elizabeth Verkamp, Rick Stephens, Nick Helmer, Amy Bradley. 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