Today’s Gospel tells us that the Commandments are to be observed with the heart, and that this must be to a higher standard than the self-seeking attitude of the scribes and pharisees. Jesus gives a series of examples about anger and courtesy, about sexual morality, about
divorce, and about swearing oaths. He is setting a high standard for our behaviour on serious issues. The last verse sums it us: ‘Say Yes if you mean yes, and No if you mean no’.

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