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Priest Corner

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect

I n the first reading from the book of Leviticus we found two commandments: the first is “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy”. The second is “you shall love your neighbor as yourself”. It is very surprising that those powerful commandments were already found in the Old Testament especially in the book of Leviticus which is very sensitive to the holiness of God. This is a great revelation that required the fraternal love as model of life. It is clear that fraternal love is much than better than any ritual or religious practices.

Talking about love in the New Testament, Saint Paul helps us to move one step further when he insisted on the universality of the love of God in his letter to the Corinthians {second reading}. For Paul every human being is a sanctuary in the eyes of God. We belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

Today’s Gospel which is a follow up of the sermon of the Mount, we found two antithesis of the new law of love presented by Jesus: “You have heard that is was said…but I say to you”. This figure of speech is very extraordinary and means: “God has said and well I said”. It is important to associate this figure of speech in this context where Jesus said I have come not to abolish the law but to fulfill it, which means make it perfect. Yes indeed, Jesus came to make the law more perfect with a great love that can transcend everything. That is the type of love he invited us to experience and share in our life in our parish, in our society and in our world.

Rev. Ducasse François.
Pastor

Be holy, for I, the Lord,
your God, am holy
Leviticus 19:2