READING OF THE DAY
A reading from the First Book of Kings
1 Kgs 18:41-46
Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink,
for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
So Ahab went up to eat and drink,
while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel,
crouched down to the earth,
and put his head between his knees.
“Climb up and look out to sea,” he directed his servant,
who went up and looked, but reported, “There is nothing.”
Seven times he said, “Go, look again!”
And the seventh time the youth reported,
“There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
Elijah said, “Go and say to Ahab,
‘Harness up and leave the mountain before the rain stops you.’”
In a trice the sky grew dark with clouds and wind,
and a heavy rain fell.
Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel.
But the hand of the LORD was on Elijah,
who girded up his clothing and ran before Ahab
as far as the approaches to Jezreel.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
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.
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.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.
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.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.
(The Word of God For Everyone )
Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
( Mt 5: 20-26 )
The Word of God the Father
Dear People of God,
In today's Gospel, Jesus calls His disciples: to be more just than the scribes and Pharisees.
What is it like to live righteously with God?
Answer: it is to obey and do everything according to the will of God.
The apostles were those closest to Jesus, how they were directly taught by God himself, and explained to them about the laws of the time before Jesus. Jesus came, He fulfilled the Law of Moses, He demanded that people keep the Law more strictly than in the days of Moses, because He said: "Until heaven and earth pass away, not one dot or comma in the law will be pass away, until all is accomplished.”
The scribes and Pharisees only kept the law and put the Mosaic Law above all else, but they did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. This shows that they have not kept the law in the most sincere and honest way, because the Mosaic Law also foretold about Jesus Christ as God who must come into the world. He came to perfect the Law, to make the Mosaic Law more perfect.
As in the past, he taught his disciples to live righteously; then today He also corrects and invites all His children to live rightousness, that is, obey God and do all things according to His Will in all things, keep the Law of love that God Jesus Christ has come to perfection, which is most pleasing to God.
And He also exhorts all His children, while still living on earth and on the pilgrim way towards the house of God the Father, try to live the life to fullfill the God-given law, in order to be entered into the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
He also showed people that the law is good. The Law helps guide and direct people to approach God the Father. All those who do not keep the law that Jesus Christ himself gave and taught others will have to answer before God. The word that Jesus spoke will be carried out and fulfilled in each person's daily life.
God also instructs people: in order to come to God the Father and offer the most pleasing sacrifice to God, man must first forgive, then go to be reconciled with his fellow brothers and sisters, must be cleaned from all his sins of what is still entangled with people around him; then bring your own sacrifice to God, so your own person will become clean and pure before God and worthy to enter His kingdom.
The Word of God today, admonishes all His children: live justly by obeying and doing God's will in all things, practice keeping the law of love that Jesus Christ himself came to fulfill the law of Moses.
Thanks be to God. Amen.