June 15 – Friday

Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: 1 KGS 19:9A, 11-16

Responsorial Psalm: PS 27 “I long to see your face, O Lord.

Gospel: MT 5:27-32

everyone who looks at a woman with lust

has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

Reflection:

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is teaching that the Law not only addresses external sins, but also sins of the heart.

 

What He actually says is, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

What Jesus was saying is that lust condemns you, just as adultery does.

Lust and adultery are the same family of sins. But they are different degrees of maturity. Lust is the seed, adultery the weed. Lust is the root, adultery the fruit.

These sins are similar, but Jesus did not say they are the same.

As we apply the degrees of sin, we see without doubt that committing adultery is a far worse sin than imagining it in your heart.

 

  1. The act of adultery grieves God far worse.
  2. The act of adultery affects a spouse far more.
  3. The act of adultery affects the person committing it far more.

 

People who lust are guilty, but not like the adulterer.

 

Jesus’ words were intended to expose the heart of self-righteous people who felt satisfied because they had not crossed a certain moral line. We should never feel comfortable with any sin against a holy God.

 

Prayer: all together

Lord, please help us to honor You in our hearts, and in our actions.