Matthew 5:17-37, the Gospel Reading at Mass on the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
In his Gospel today, the Lord voices a litany of consequences for sin.
- you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
- you … will be liable to judgment….
- answerable to the Sanhedrin….
- liable to fiery Gehenna.
- thrown into prison.
- Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid….
The sins whose consequences today’s Gospel addresses are those against one’s brothers and sisters.
Furthermore, Christ makes the ALTAR the place where we undergo JUDGMENT for sins against a neighbor.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
We are to make amends with those we have wronged before we dare to approach the altar, or else we shall face grim consequences.
The Word of the Lord to the Corinthians [1 Cor. 11:27-29] says that to receive the Eucharist unworthily is a profanation that brings deadly judgment upon us.
The Lord Jesus profaned himself, giving up his body for us, and shedding his blood for us, by receiving deadly judgment in place of us, so that our sins may be forgiven.
… my Body … given up for you.
… my Blood … poured out for you and for many FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
As we now dare to approach his altar FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, we are first to make amends for our sins against others.
Otherwise, we profane the atonement for our sins, the atonement that Christ offers us in his Body and Blood.
Turn. Love. Repeat.
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