6th Sun C
Sunday 16th February 2020

Image supplied by Sr Cecilia Prest


Christian conversion is promoted by conversation. This section is a response to and a development on the knowledge gained from the commentary section.

This Sunday's Exposition

Every society has principles which guide the way that society operates. The principles that guided the society of Jesus’ time were developed from the Mosaic Law. When Jesus gave his teaching he did not just a tinker with the laws, an ‘updating of an Act of Parliament’ as we would understand it but rather he went to the heart of what the Mosaic Law was trying to achieve. By developing the meaning of the Law he gave a model for Christian living and the formation of Christian community.

In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus bases his teaching on areas fundamental to the ordering of good society:
Anger:– the need to deal with disagreement and friction.
Marriage: – the need for respect of the sexual integrity of other people.
- the need to respect one’s own spouse.
Truth: – the need for this to be the basis of all speech, not just when God is invoked.
Revenge: – the need for generosity of spirit in the face of injustice.
The Boundaries of the Group: – the need to treat enemies and outsiders as God treats them.
. Each of these is fundamental to the formation of a Christian society. They provide a checklist for our society as a whole, and for our individual behaviour. It is worth taking some time to think about what are the principles by which our current Australian society operates and how we can dialogue with those principles from our Christian faith. For example, the use of sex in advertisements must make us question our society’s so-called ‘esteem’ for sexuality and challenge us to promote the glorious vision of marriage that Jesus offers. A different example is when disaster strikes across our country, be it fire, flood or cyclone, I am struck by two things – the generosity of volunteers to strangers, and the commitment to the public good that underlies the whole disaster response. As Christians, we can not only applaud these responses but we can also work for their further development.