Mike Herlihey, C ‘16


"Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 5: 19


In this passage, Jesus warns the Jews to not lead others astray by not keeping the commandments the as they were given. This applies to the Catholic Church today. Many people believe the Catholic Church is old fashioned and needs to get with the times. They say she needs to modernize and change some of her teachings.


The truth is, the Catholic Church calls us to live a very different lifestyle than the “modernized” world. It is a radical life. There must be no shame in this for Jesus lived a radical lifestyle. It makes sense the Catholic Church is radical because Jesus started the Catholic Church when He appointed Peter as the first Pope and sent him forth to preach to the nations. Jesus instituted the teachings of the Catholic Church. The verse mentioned above comes right after Jesus has given the Jews the Beatitudes in Matthew (5: 3-11). The beatitudes were a revolutionary way of living.


So what does that mean for us as Catholics this coming Easter? Jesus came to this earth to bring salvation which He entrusted to the Catholic Church. Jesus revealed truths we must follow and live out. Relaxing even the least of Jesus’ commandments and teaching others to do so is a sin, that has eternal consequences. However, Jesus came and died for us so that our sins may be forgiven.


Father, help us to live “radically” for You. Lead us in the way You want us to live, following Jesus as our model. Amen.

Dt 4: 1, 5-9; Ps 147: 12-13, 25-16, 19-20; Mt 5: 17-19