Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus follows the teaching on the Beatitudes with a number of sayings that begin, “You have heard it said…but I say to you.” In these statement Jesus teaches us that there is more to being disciples than just keeping the letter of the law. Jesus asks us to go beyond the words of the law and be attentive to any word or deed that can do harm to another. His examples are ordinary situations in life, but his teaching is rooted in kingdom thinking, not human concepts.