Thursday, June 13, 2013

From glory to glory in the Mass readings

Today's Mass readings work together in a pretty amazing way, even though they were not specifically intended to. In the first reading (2 Cor 3:15-4:1-3, 6), Paul uses an image from the book of Exodus to explain that, as magnificent as the Covenant of Sinai was, it can't compare to the glory that Jesus ushered in. In the Gospel, Jesus refers back to the prescriptions of the Sinai Law, too. In the Sermon on the Mount, he tells his followers that they have to go beyond the basic demands of the Law ("You shall not kill") to an even more godlike way of living ("whoever is angry with his liable to judgment").

Both Jesus and Paul hint that the "new" was already present in the "old"; all they are doing is "taking away the veil" so we can see clearly what God had in mind all along. We're moving, Paul says, "from one degree of glory to another."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As I read the daily mass readings, I noticed that not only am I not permitted to be angry with my brother/sister, but forbidden from even saying "you fool", this directly from the mouth of Jesus. A pretty tall order, and what about those whose behaviour provokes anger and name calling? I suppose the take home message is not to hold on to anger, to watch my tongue, to keep on trying. We are, after all, a work in progress. - Jean