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Matthew 5:27-32

The Word of God

Jesus said to the crowds, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell." 'It was also said, "Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce." But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Matthew 5:27-32
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    • Selbst in der Heiligen Familie gab es wohl Missverständnisse. Die Eltern haben Jesus nicht verstanden, aber trotzdem ihn und seine Antwort akzeptiert. Habe ich Großmut und Weitherzigkeit, um Menschen, die ich nicht verstehe, zu akzeptieren?
    • Auch bei Jesus nahm seine Weisheit zu. Weisheit kann auch bei mir und anderen zunehmen!
    • Herr, lass mich offen bleiben, und nie andere Menschen oder gar mich selber abstempeln.
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    • Am Sonntag der Heiligen Familie erinnert uns der Text aus dem Alten Testament an die fest gefügte Familienordnung jener Tage.
    • Blicke ich mit Neid, Wehmut, gar Trauer auf eine solche Zeit? Oder bin ich etwa ein wenig froh, dass die hierarchische Ordnung der Vergangenheit in unserem Kulturkreis nicht mehr gilt?
    • Ich will meine Gedanken dazu mit Jesus teilen und mich mit ihm beraten.
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    • A missing child is a parent’s worst nightmare, panic leading to a frantic search.
    • It would have been the same for Mary and Joseph, as they frantically searched for Jesus. Then the exasperation of discovering him in the Temple.
    • His mother knows there’s something special about this boy, just as the teachers in the Temple knew.
    • And he was to become a teacher too in the Temple: Rabbi Jesus who noticed the poor woman put a penny in the basket…worth more than all the rich peoples’ offerings.
    • Eventually Rabbi Jesus threw the shopkeepers out, and this was too much. The Temple personnel began to plot his death.
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    • Like every other mother, Mary was the person who had the greatest influence on her son's heart. She taught him how to love, share, pray, be compassionate. She was the first to speak to him about God, and in her he could see these values come alive. Mary, shape and teach my heart to be as close to the heart of Jesus as your own heart was.
    • The Gospel says very openly that Mary and Joseph did not understand their son's reply. So do the parents of many teenagers. Mary, help parents to keep believing in their children, sustain them in their struggle to love unconditionally.
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    • The parents of Jesus were observant Jews. This vignette is the last we will hear of Jesus’ early years. Jesus is coming of age. He is entering his teen. We see already the gradual, slow but steady growing into his sense of identity and mission.
    • Lord, today I remember all the missing children of our world through slavery, bonded labour and trafficking. I pray for their distraught parents who frantically seek for the child entrusted to them.