6th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish them but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.
There is a forcefulness in this piece of Matthew’s gospel which is quite disturbing. By our standards, plucking out eyes and cutting off hands are extreme responses to our faults and the sinful aspects of our lives. It is easiest to focus on the section about being reconciled with our brother or sister which has its parallel in the saying “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger”.