This Week’s Gospel Message

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

This week’s Gospel message for Sunday, February 16th is from Matthew 5:17-37.

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.’”

“Jesus challenges his disciples to do more than just follow the letter of the law. The law teaches against murder. The Lord Jesus upholds this law and then amplifies it in his commandment against anger. The law teaches against dishonesty. The Lord Jesus goes one step further and teaches against doubting another’s honesty. The law is only the beginning of justice and mercy. All of the law and the prophets proceed from the two greatest commandments: love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” Source: Pastoral Patterns, Winter 2019-2020

DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK

Monday James 1:1-11; Mark 8:11-13

Tuesday James 1:12-18; Mark 8:14-21

Wednesday James 1:19-27; Mark 8:22-26

Thursday James 2:1-9; Mark 8:27-33

Friday James 2:14-24, 26; Mark 8:34—9:1

Saturday 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matt 16:13-19

The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle (Feast) – “Early Roman Christians celebrated a feast in honor of their departed loved ones, including their beloved predecessors in the faith, Peter and Paul. When, in the fourth century, the feast of these two saints was moved to June 29, this day in February focused on celebrating Peter and his successors as bishops of Rome.” Source: Living With Christ, February 2020

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