Summary: Jesus teaches what a community that embodies the ethos of God’s kingdom looks like. He offers instruction on forgiveness/reconciliation, relationships between men and women, marriage and solemn vows.
Summary: In a gospel lesson that may provoke fear for some, it’s possible to envision the healthy communities and relationships toward which the gospel propels us. Rather than fear, we can be motivated by love.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states the law’s demands quite strictly. Even minor infractions are condemned. But the same Jesus invites and welcomes sinners, and finally dies for them. And the fact that death could not hold him means that he is the one in whom we can put our deepest trust.