Friends, we continue our reading of the marvelous Sermon on the Mount. We cannot read this sermon as one ethical teaching among many. Everyone from Plato and Aristotle all the way up through Kant and Hegel have a moral philosophy—an understanding of how humans ought to behave. This is precisely the wrong way to read the Sermon on the Mount, because no one—ancient or modern, religious or nonreligious—sounds like Jesus. His radical command to love as God loves, in fact, sounds a little bit crazy.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Lv 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm – Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Reading 2 – 1 Cor 3:16-23
Gospel – Mt 5:38-48