Categories: HomiliesPublished On: February 12th, 2023Tags: , 739 words22.4 min read
No License to Sin

"God is Love" by Robert Hruzek is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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No License to Sin

Sirach is one of the wisdom literature books. The last line of today’s readings is “no one is given a license to sin”.

Sometimes people like to think of Jesus as a nice person, preaching love. But not so in today’s gospel. Jesus clearly says I have come to fulfill the law. He does not weaken the law or take away commandments. But he raises the law to a higher standard.

He begins by chastising the Pharisees and scribes. These are the people who should lead Israel, teaching how to live by the law, but instead they lay burdens on the people that are not needed. The scribes and Pharisees cheat, steal, and they gossip making peoples’ lives miserable.

Jesus instructs His disciples and us that our righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees, or we will suffer the same fate as they do, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven. Choose the commandments because they will save you, trust in God and you will live. Choose the commandments because you want to not because you have to. God has never forced anyone to choose between right and wrong. He desires that you choose what is right and good because you love God.

The commandment is you shall not commit adultery. Jesus teaches you shall not look at a woman with lust in your heart. If you do you have committed adultery. Not only should you keep chastity of the body, but you should also have purity of intentions.

Too often people think that if they keep their thoughts to themselves, it is not a sin. Jesus changes all that. Jesus knows that if you think an evil thought, you will eventually do it. God made man and woman attractive to each other. But the attraction is not to lust after each other. Rather, it is to treat each other with great dignity and respect. Succumbing to lust has no intention of loving another person. Rather, you are using someone else for your own pleasure, your own selfishness, with no regard for the other.

Rather than thinking how far I can go before I sin, we should be thinking of doing virtuous acts with love and compassion. Sometimes people say you can look at another woman, but you cannot touch. That is just as evil as committing the sin of adultery. God has never forced anyone to choose between right and wrong. He desires that you choose what is right and good because you love God.

In order to commit murder what emotions must take over our minds. I think anger and hatred. Are these not the same emotions we use every day? There are people we do not like, maybe even hate. There are people who make us very angry. Jesus says we are to seek reconciliation with our brother. Why? Because we love God. We desire to please God therefore we cannot have anger or hatred toward our brother. God has never forced anyone to choose between right and wrong. He desires that you choose what is right and good because you love God.

Let your ‘Yes” be “Yes’ and your ‘No” be “No.’ We do not make false oaths. We do not make false promises. We say what we will do and then do what we said. We do not cheat or lie or steal. Why? Because we love God. God has never forced anyone to choose between right and wrong. He desires that you choose what is right and good because you love God.

You do what is good to do because you love God. You volunteer to help others because you know your deeds are pleasing to God. You volunteer at church because it pleases God. You love your family because you know your family is seen by God as a little church. You bring your family to church to be with all of the other little families. When we come together, we become Church and God is pleased with what we are doing. God has never forced anyone to choose between right and wrong. He desires that you choose what is right and good because you love God.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen