Love in the Time of Corona


June 11, 2020 – Thursday, Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle


MT 5:20-26


Mark Dreves

What is the status of our human relationships? Are they in good stead? Who do we know that maybe we’ve said unkind words to and hurt their feelings? Who has hurt us that we just, swept it under the carpet? I don’t imagine many of us can honestly say, “all my relationships with family and friends, boss and coworkers, are perfect”. If we can, we must be kind of clueless. To be in relationship with others means that it can and does get messy at times. Who are they?


In today’s gospel Jesus says, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” That must have been quite the shock for Matthew’s audience. The scribes and Pharisees were the example to be followed in Jesus’ day. They had knowledge of all Jewish law and traditions and made sure that it was followed. Jesus says, be better than they. Jesus lists a few laws and asks his followers to go beyond, to do better. “Even if you are angry with your brother…”


Being a follower of Christ is not about following the law, it is about being better, and going the extra mile. There is so much turmoil in the world. Let us be a beacon of hope in our churches and lives. Let us be “other Christs”.