Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Sunday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time A & St. Apollonia, February 12,2017
How God loves our freedom! As if singing a hymn, he says through Sirach: “If you choose you can keep the commandments. If you trust in God, you too shall live. To whichever you choose, fire or water, stretch forth your hand!” This is the righteousness that “surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees.” “God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden” has revealed it to us. “Whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” We long to be counted among them, even to the point of tearing out our right eye, cutting off our right hand. For heaven must be rife with one-eye, one-armed saints who reconciled with offending brothers and sisters… who refused to let lust master them. We stretch forth our one remaining hand to the fire of the Holy Spirit, to the water of our baptism, letting our Yes mean Yes.