24. When the messengers of John had left, Jesus began to
speak to the crowds about John. "What did you go out to the
desert to see - a reed swayed by the wind?
25. Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed
in fine garments? Those who dress luxuriously and live
sumptuously are found in royal palaces.
26. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I
tell you, and more than a prophet.
27. This is the one about whom scripture says:
'Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare
your way before you.
28. I tell you, among those born of women, no one is
greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is
greater than he."
Lesson 13 - The Law vs Mercy and Grace
Praise the Lord brothers and sisters and welcome to Lesson 13 -
The Law vs Mercy and Grace.
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questions, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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Prayer - Lord Jesus, help us to do you will. Help us
today to Love our enemies, to pray for those who treat use
badly, and to turn the other cheek. Help us to do your
will in Jesus name - Amen.
Below are quotes from the Catechism
of the Catholic Church, so please read carefully:
III. The New Law or the Law of the
1965 - The New Law or the Law of the Gospel is the perfection
here on earth of the divine law, natural and revealed. It is the
work of Christ and is expressed particularly in the Sermon on
the Mount. It is also the work of the Holy Spirit and through
him it becomes the interior law of charity: "I will establish a
New Covenant with the house of Israel. . . . I will put my laws
into their hands, and write them on their hearts, and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people."
1966 - The New Law is the grace of the Holy Spirit given to the
faithful through faith in Christ. It works through charity; it
uses the Sermon on the Mount to teach us what must be done and
makes use of the sacraments to give us the grace to do it:
If anyone should meditate with devotion and perspicacity on the
sermon our Lord gave on the mount, as we read in the Gospel of
Saint Matthew, he will doubtless find there . . . the perfect
way of the Christian life.... This sermon contains ... all the
precepts needed to shape one's life.
1967 - The Law of the Gospel "fulfills," refines, surpasses, and
leads the Old Law to its perfection. In the Beatitudes, the New
Law fulfills the divine promises by elevating and orienting them
toward the "kingdom of heaven." It is addressed to those open to
accepting this new hope with faith - the poor, the humble, the
afflicted, the pure of heart, those persecuted on account of
Christ and so marks out the surprising ways of the Kingdom.
1968 - The Law of the Gospel fulfills the commandments of the
Law. the Lord's Sermon on the Mount, far from abolishing or
devaluing the moral prescriptions of the Old Law, releases their
hidden potential and has new demands arise from them: it reveals
their entire divine and human truth. It does not add new
external precepts, but proceeds to reform the heart, the root of
human acts, where man chooses between the pure and the impure,
where faith, hope, and charity are formed and with them the
other virtues. the Gospel thus brings the Law to its fullness
through imitation of the perfection of the heavenly Father,
through forgiveness of enemies and prayer for persecutors, in
emulation of the divine generosity.
Please watch the video below:
Answer the following
questions for yourself:
Who was the prophet of the Law?
What Law fulfilled the Moral Law?
Who is considered greater than Moses
in the Kingdom of God?
What was the problem the disciples
of John in what they had seen and heard?
If you can answer these
questions, you are ready to go onto the next lesson - Lesson 14.