- Saturday, 16 June 2018 -
Saturday of the Tenth week in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:33-37.

Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, 'Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.'
But I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God's throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Anything more is from the evil one."
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Dorotheus of Gaza
“The New Law: But I say to you”

God gave us instructions… concerning those evil dispositions which come from our inner man (Eph 3:16). He instilled into man’s inner conscience the power to judge good and evil; he woke it from sleep; he showed the causes from which sins arise and he says to us: “The Law says, “Do not commit adultery” but I say to you, do not entertain desire. The Law says “Do no murder”, but I say, do not give way to anger.” (Mt 5:27.21) If you do entertain a fleshly desire but today you do not commit adultery, nevertheless it does not cease inwardly troubling you until it whips you into action. If you are irritated and stir up your anger against your brother there comes a time when you will speak evil against him, then plot against him and so go on little by little until you finally come to murder him. Again the Law says: “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” (Ex 21:24) but Our Lord admonishes us not only to bear patiently the blows of one who strikes us, but humbly to turn to him the other cheek. (Mt 5:39) And so the object of the Law is to teach us not to do to others what we do not wish to suffer, and therefore it cuts away our wrong-doing through our fear of suffering. But now the object must be to cast away our hatred, our love of pleasure, our vainglory and the rest of our unruly desires. I repeat that the aim of Christ, our Master, is precisely to teach us how we come to commit all our sins; how we fall into evils. First he sets us free through holy baptism, giving us the forgiveness of our sins, then he gives us the power to do good if we desire it and no longer to be dragged down into sin, so to speak, by force.

Instructions, no. 1, 6-8 ; SC 92