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Does Jesus Have It All Wrong? your enemies
Matthew 5:38-48

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Sermon Week Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 5:44


Little Johnny was very upset with his brother, Willy. Before he said his night prayers, Johnny's mother said to him, "Now I want you to forgive your brother." But Johnny was not in a forgiving mood. "No, I won't forgive him," he said. Mother tried persuasions of every motherly variety, but nothing worked. Finally, she said, "What if your brother were to die tonight? How would you feel if you knew you hadn't forgiven him?" Johnny gave in -- or so it seemed. "All right, I forgive him," he said, "but if he's alive in the morning, I'll get even with him for what he did to me."

In His introduction to the "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus says, "Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets ... I have come not to abolish but to complete them" (Mt. 5:17).

In the Law, God had given His People an enormous capacity for good. Now, Jesus comes in the Spirit and man's capacity for good is expanded. Living under the new Law of Love, man's capacity for good is limitless. In Jesus, man has the capacity, for example, to break through the boundaries imposed by the old law of vengeance ...

Late one night, a cheerful truck driver pulled up to a road-side diner for some refreshment. As he was eating, three mean-looking motorcyclists roared up to the diner's entrance. The atmosphere became tense as they stalked in. Immediately, they selected the truck driver as the target of their meanness. One poured salt and pepper on his head. Another took his apple pie, placed it on the floor and squished it under a dirty boot. The third upset his coffee, causing it to spill in his lap. The truck driver said not a word. He merely arose, walked slowly to the cashier, calmly paid his check and made his exit. "That dude sure ain't much of a fighter," sneered one of the invaders. The waiter behind the counter peered out into the night and then replied, "He doesn't seem to be much of a driver [...]

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