“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, what God has ready for those who love Him. Spirit of love, come give us the mind of Jesus.
Teach us the wisdom of God.”
This is the refrain from the song, Eye Has Not Seen by Marty Haugan. We sing it in Church but have we ever really thought about the words? What is the wisdom of God? What does God have for us if we love and obey Him?
Looking to Jesus, we can begin to find some of the answers. Jesus lived in a Jewish culture with many rules, but, instead of following all of those laws, He followed God’s law. He did things like heal someone on a Sabbath day. The rule at the time was to rest and not to work on the Sabbath but Jesus saw someone who needed help so He helped him. Even when God asked Jesus to suffer and die, He obeyed. The gospels tell us He didn’t really want to but God had a plan so Jesus did what was asked of Him.
Now, He has been raised and is forever with God.
God has given us a path for our lives. By following God’s instructions, we follow that path and are led to a life of love and happiness. We have a choice though. God does not force us to do anything. We can choose how we want to live and act. God’s wisdom will help us choose the way of love and ultimate happiness if we listen to God.
Have a very good half-term break and see you on the Lord’s Day, Sunday, for Holy Mass.
See You on Sunday at Mass. Fr Marcin and Andrew Olive, Headteacher
Closing prayer: Dear Jesus, let us prayer the Lord’s prayer , asking that God’s kingdomw may come.
(Father Marcin and I have agreed that it would be good if the parish knew a little more about what is happening in school and the school community had the benefit of Fr Marcin’s thoughts on the week’s Gospel:)
Jesus told his followers:
If you don’t exceed the morality of religious leaders, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
You heard our ancestors say, “Do not commit murder” and “Whoever commits murder will be declared ‘guilty.’” I tell you that anyone who is angry with another person will be declared “guilty.”
You’re heard the commandment, “Do you cheat on your spouse.” I tell you that anyone looking at a woman with an evil desire for her has already cheated in his heart.
You heard our ancestors say, “Do not say ‘I swear to God’ and not mean it” and “Keep your promises to God.” I tell you not to make any promises using God’s name at all. Instead, just say “Yes” if you mean it, and “No” if you don’t. Adding anything to that is from the devil.
“You’re just a good little boy, aren’t you, Jude?”
Jude turned towards his older brother, Darren, and scowled. “I try to do the right thing, that’s all.” Darren smiled a little. “I try to do the right thing,” the older boy mimicked Jude. “You make me sick. Do you know rules are made to be broken?”
“No, rules are there to make us better people.” Darren eased his smile and took a step so his nose was only inches from his younger brother. “How? I want to know how they make us better people.” Jude didn’t back away from his brother. “Rules help keep us from bad consequences. Do you remember what happened when you got caught breaking into school?” Darren backed off a step. “You did have to remind me of that.”
“Rules help us to respect other people…”
Jude spoke over his brother. “…and helps other people respect us. Don’t you want someone to respect you, big brother?”
Darren didn’t say anything.
“Rules keep us organized. They help us to do our work at school and at home.”
Darren step back again and looked down to the ground.
“Look, Darren, I know you don’t like doing homework and chores, but doesn’t an ‘A’ on a test or a clean bedroom make you feel better?”
“Yeah, I suppose.”
“Don’t you like the respect of your teachers and Mom for a job well done?”
Darren nodded his head, then looked serious.
“But not every rule is good or makes sense.”
Jude thought for a moment. “You’re right about that, but it makes more sense to try to understand why rule exists, then to break it. Don’t you think?”
Darren smiled, “Yeah, but let’s see if you know the rules for basketball. You up for hoops, little bro’?”
Rules do make us better people. They shield us from bad outcomes, they help insure respect between people and they help keep us organized. But, they can do more. They can help us love others. That’s what Jesus taught, rules that help us love others. These rules are not easy to follow at times, but they do make us better people.
Closing Question: What rules do you have to follow? Are they easy or hard to follow? How do they help you become a better person?
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.
‘For I tell you, if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.
‘You have learnt how it was said: You must not commit adultery. But I say this to you: if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye should cause you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of you than to have your whole body thrown into hell. And if your right hand should cause you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of you than to have your whole body go to hell.
‘It has also been said: Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a writ of dismissal. But I say this to you: everyone who divorces his wife, except for the case of fornication, makes her an adulteress; and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
‘Again, you have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not break your oath, but must fulfil your oaths to the Lord. But I say this to you: do not swear at all, either by heaven, since that is God’s throne; or by the earth, since that is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, since that is the city of the great king. Do not swear by your own head either, since you cannot turn a single hair white or black. All you need say is “Yes” if you mean yes, “No” if you mean no; anything more than this comes from the evil one.’
Families have rules. Without rules, family life would be chaos. As a family, brainstorm a list of rules that you are all called to follow in your home in order for you all to get along together. Think about rules for play time, rules for eating, rules for how to speak to one another, rules for going out with friends, and so on. Emphasize that families follow rules as a way of showing love and respect for one another. Explain that in this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus talks about following the Law. Say: God’s Law of love can be thought of as rules that we are to follow in order to show our love and respect for one another. Read aloud this Sunday’s Gospel, Matthew 5:17–37. Talk specifically with one another about how anger is to be dealt with in your family. Conclude by praying for the grace to overcome anger and to show respect for one another as a family by following God’s Law of love.