Today's Jesuits are often justly criticized by faithful Catholics (especially this one, whose name we won't sully our blog by writing). But when a Jesuit is faithful and traditional, he is a blessing from God.
The following sermon was delivered Sunday by Fr. William Farge, S.J., who is also one of the 56 priests who say regular Traditional Latin Masses for the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Patrick’s Church, New Orleans, LA
In the gospel today Jesus offers us a deeper, broader understanding of the meaning of the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” He challenges us not only to understand this passage of scripture literally, not only to obey the obvious meaning of the commandment not to kill, but to go beyond it in order for us to learn to excel in virtue and in the holiness to which we are all called.
Jesus interprets the commandment this way: “You have heard that it was said ‘You shall not kill.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment…whoever calls his brother a fool shall be in danger of hell fire” (Mt. 5:21).
These are very strong words. Hearing them, we might wonder is getting angry really so bad that I would be in danger of Hell. St. John Chrysostom tells us that any uncontrolled expression of anger is not just an offense against another person. It’s a direct attack on God, on God’s very essence and being because God is love. The essence of God is relationship and unity among the Persons of the Holy Trinity. By inflicting our anger on another, we not only harm our relationship and our unity with that person, we are actually rebelling against God who is relationship and is unity in Himself. Not loving another is an insult against God whose very being is love. Any offense against love then is an act of blasphemy against the very being of God Himself.