“You have learnt how it was said to your ancestors; but I say this to you.”
Back in the 60s some groups adopted” Jesus Christ as an icon of rebellion, overturning authority and tearing up the rule book, possibly because of the frequent confrontations between Our Lord and the Pharisees. Today’s Gospel, however, shows us Jesus not as rule-breaker, but as rule-fulfiller, bringing an even greater depth to the rule that had guided the people of Israel for centuries. Jesus does not throw out the rulebook – or as the first reading says, He does not command us to be godless! He challenges us in this Gospel to see how far our keeping God’s Law will go: will it just be about the letter of the Law (I have never killed anyone”), or will it look deeper (“Have I ever been angry? Have I been violent in my thoughts?). The challenge of the Kingdom of Heaven is to keep the commandments first and foremost from within, so that our outward behaviour conforms to the requirements of God’s Law.
Ash Wednesday this year falls on 1 March. This means the feast of St. David will be celebrated in the Diocese on 28 February.
3rd March – 7th April: Lenten Talks and soup lunch at the Salvation Army. Soup served from 12noon -1.15pm
3rd March: Women’s World Day of Prayer at Holy Trinity Church, Pontnewydd at 7pm
10th March: CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY