Today we continue our reflection on Jesus’famous Sermon on the Mount.  We heard a very long Gospel passage today which may seem to be complex and filled with prohibitions.  It is far too easy to “tune out” to such a Gospel text, rather than trying to understand its rich meaning.  The Gospel begins with Jesus telling us:  "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill."  The law remains and will always remain because it comes from our unchanging God.  Jesus intends to tell us and to teach us the ideals of the new kingdom on earth that are ushered in with his appearance.  His whole intention is to bring people beyond the legalism of the Scribes and the Pharisees and those who would see the law as something negative or an outward show of rules and regulations. Jesus’ purpose is to go beyond legalism and help us to internalize in our hearts, the spirit of the law.  Jesus teaches that minimal obedience is far beneath the dignity of those who love God and neighbor.  To strive for less than perfect love is to strive for too far little.

Meals will be offered after all three Masses on the weekend of February 25/26 consisting of pancakes with maple and corn syrup, sausages, fruit cup, tea, coffee and juice.

Tickets are: $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under age 12. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses on the weekends, from the office during the week and on the days of the event at the door.
I hope to see you all here at the Annual Pancake Breakfast!!

I wish you all a good week.
Fr. Phil