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By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, OnePeterFive, July 9, 2022 

Convert from Lutheranism, ordained to the priesthood in 1991 by St. John Paul II in Rome for the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni. Classics at University of Minnesota. Licence and Doctoral studies in Patristic Theology at the Augustinianum in Rome.  …

Fr. John ZuhlsdorfThe context of Sunday’s Gospel passage is one of the most powerful moments in the New Testament, the Sermon on the Mount. The Lord, in His Sermon, set up a series of contrasts between how thing were under the Law of Moses, with how things are now to be. Just before our “cutting… pericope,” He told the crowd, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.” He told them that their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees. The Law must be taken to a new level, “fulfilled” or “brought to perfection.” He didn’t oppose or undermine Mosaic Law. Mosaic Law was imperfect and needed Christ to elevate it. This is what happened in today’s reading. …

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