Gospel: Matthew 5:27-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
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 to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
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 to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the Sermon on the Mount, which announces the community of those risen with Christ and “photographs” the Kingdom of the children who are one with the Son, there is no room for sentimentality and good luck.

In the Church, the brothers and sisters of Jesus, born again in the waters of baptism, live and experience a SPIRITUAL BATTLE every day against the snares of pride and the devil, who would like to blind them to the truth and God so as to entrap them in his lies. For this reason, when there is something to cut, it is to be CUT for LOVE.

When you spend without discernment, whether on the government, a state, a company, or a family, you need to intervene drastically in order not to starve and not to frustrate development. Well, the gaze set by the lustful desire for a woman is an unreasonable expense that inevitably causes an unquenchable debt.

Lust is like an unlimited credit card without collateral damage: a pure lie. It moves hormones, curls the skin, throws the mess into the flesh until it fogs up the head and heart. Even if it seems to fully involve the man, almost raising him beyond the gray that colors his days, it is only vanity. Like all of vanity’s effects, this is as effervescent as you want, raised to be right by this foolish society. Indeed, CONCUPISCENCE, namely desire, is the corruption that appropriates the uncorrupted territories of man, weakening and pulverizing them little by little: “Can you bring fire to your chest without burning your clothes, or walk on the embers without burning your feet?” (Pr. 6,27-28). How many stained looks, glimpses with sin from the car windows, from the office desk, or eyes magnetized by the meat sold off from the PC monitors? With a drunken heart, we stumble on the unexpected, anger and nervousness exploding in the face of contrariety. An impure, lusty look on a woman, or full of judgment on a child, or resentment on a colleague, stains a day. Everything becomes heavy, we seek patience, and we do not find it.
Thus, spouses, children, colleagues, and friends inevitably will pay the bills.

It is then necessary to purify the gaze that takes place on the path of conversion, which gradually opens up our eyes to the truth and beauty of the other. This gaze is with all of us when we “look” at the person in front of us: Christ is in it, but we must recognize it to contemplate it profoundly and welcome it in love and faith. If we stop at first glance with which we “look” to see something, passion plays well and takes possession of the eyes, mind, and flesh, making the other the object of our desire. Instead, we are called to convert our gaze into contemplation, because Christ always looks at us like this. In his eyes, we can also “look” at each person, image of the beauty given to us to contemplate and know Christ through it, as if in Heaven where we will live in communion with the Father. Whoever looks at her with lust “has already committed adultery in her heart,” by betraying her dignity and the love that she deserves. One cannot desire with lust and, at the same time, offer oneself with love in gratuitousness, they would be under a penalty of schizophrenia. Adultery is the sin that arises from spiritual schizophrenia, which melts “eyes and hands” out of unity, making them irresponsible instruments and slaves of passion at the service of iniquity.

For this, it is necessary to purify by PRUNING or CUTTING the dry branches and “throwing them away from us,” like every idol and person encountered by the Israelites in the cities that they were to conquer.

Therefore, NO COMPROMISES can be made. The Promised Land, the return to Heaven, awaits us, and we are called to show its path to this generation. The only medicine is the nails drenched with the love of the crucified Lord, his glorious wounds. Every day we need Christ, the new Adam, to come into the underworld of our concupiscence and free us and give us his nature so that we can live, and in our temptations, he can overpower the lies. We then walk in the Church, where we purify our gaze and learn to look with the pure eyes of the Virgin Mary before the Angel, who announced to her the great News. That is, to learn the immaculate gaze of the faith that is given to us only in the Church.

In fact, through PRAYER, PENANCE, the WORD, and the SACRAMENTS, the Grace of Christ operates in us, helping us to cut with sin and circumcise our hearts and minds in the gaze of Christ who gives us life, indeed ETERNAL LIFE.

God bless you,

Fr. Mauro