13 Sun Feb 2011
Jesus said to his disciples:
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Â â€œYou have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, â€˜You shall not murderâ€™; and â€˜whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.â€™ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, â€˜You fool,â€™ you will be liable to the hell of fire.
Â â€œYou have heard that it was said, â€˜You shall not commit adultery.â€™ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Â â€œAgain, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, â€˜You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.â€™ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
Let your word be â€˜Yes, Yesâ€™ or â€˜No, Noâ€™; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.