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Sunday, February 12, 2017

My Lord says ... Matthew 5:17-37


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

17Jesus said to his disciples: 


“Do not think that I have come 
to abolish the law or the prophets. 
I have come not to abolish, but to fulfill. 
18 Amen, I say to you, 
until heaven and earth pass away, 
not the smallest letter 
or the smallest part of a letter 
will pass from the law, 
until all things have taken place. " 

19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  20 I tell you unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  21“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’  


22"But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother 
will be liable to judgment, 
and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ 
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, 
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ 
will be liable to fiery Gehenna."  

23Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you,  24 leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  25 Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.  26 Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny. 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  


28 "But I say to you, 
everyone who looks at a woman 
with lust 
has already committed adultery 
with her in his heart."  

29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.  30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.  31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.’  


32 "But I say to you, 
whoever divorces his wife 
— unless the marriage is unlawful — 
causes her to commit adultery, 
and whoever marries a divorced woman 
commits adultery."  

33 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.’ 


34 But I say to you, do not swear at all; 
not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;  
35 nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; 
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  
36 Do not swear by your head, for you cannot 
make a single hair white or black. 


37"Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ 
and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ 
Anything more is from the evil one."

  
SAYING YES OR NO
When my children were growing up, they usually asked something from me, like going out to malls, beach outing, buying new clothes, shoes, and bags, reward for something good done,  etc.  I always see to it that if I make a promise to them, I can fulfill that promise.  Saying ‘yes’ to their needs or desires means a lot to them.  But on the other hand,  saying ‘no’ to them, breaks my heart because I can’t afford to give or provide everything  to them, even though I like to give it to them.  There were instances that no matter how I explained the reason behind my saying ‘no’,  they would not believe it.   They wouldn’t argue with me, but I could see in their facial expression the frowning, eyes either rolling up or lowering like a tamed dog with heads down  as they walked away.   

I worked hard for my 4 children and sending them to college caused me a lot of money.  In our culture, we don’t allow our children to work while studying.  They will start working only after they finish their college degree.  Education is the only thing I can provide them and serve as my legacy being a parent.  We don’t belong to a rich family, but somehow we always have food on the table 3 times a day.  I have to balance what is a “need”  and what is  a “desire” only. Likewise, I have to balance when I should be saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to them.

Being a parent is a very hard role to tackle in life.  Disciplining children is the hardest part, especially when they reach the teenage life.  Parents have different ways of disciplining their children, while some may not discipline their children at all.  If the children become disobedient and disrespectful when they grow up, it is like a sword that pierces the heart of any parent.  On the other hand, it can be a good accomplishment for any parent if the children become respectful and obedient as they mature.  How are we as a parent?


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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."


Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a


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