St. Jerome's Catholic Church
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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today we celebrate the last Sunday of Ordinary Time and we give way to Lenten time. Ordinary time closes with the continuation of one of Christ’s greatest and best known sermons, “The Sermon on the Mount.”
Let us not forget that the style of this sermon is based on the (Hammurabi Code) law of the Talion, (Hammurabi Code). This code was the most ancient set of laws in the the ancient East.
Jesus begins by quoting phrases from the book of Leviticus (loving your neighbor as yourself), while the other part of the teaching would be what was known as ‘popular saying’.
In this form of preaching, Jesus ends, “I, on the other hand, tell you: Love your enemies.” It is evident that for the Jewish mentality, the concept of love of neighbor was very limited, but Christ elevates it to a universal love; love everyone, without exception, regardless of race, corlor or status. Jesus makes us see that we must act with love, forgiveness and mercy and not be moved by revenge, or hate.
Next Wednesday, we will receive the ashes as a sign of repentance along with prayer and fasting. We will take into account that without the commandment of love will take into account that without the commandment of love, the Lenten practices would be in vain. Christ invites us into his Law, you must hold, at the
highest, love for our god and love of neighbor.
Fr. Adrian Vazquez