The first reading from Leviticus is a selection of verses chosen to indicate to us today that the laws which the book is about are really about the inner attitude that people should have, not just externsl actions – just keeping the letter of the law.
In this section of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he is trying to lift them above the differences among them about Christianity. They should try to realise that they, as a community, have the very Spirit of God within them; and it is this inner reality that Christianity is about and not personal differentces of practice or understanding.
For the gospel reading we have another section from what is presented as a sermon of Jesus.; as we hear it we should realise the very radical – deep – nature of the challenge to us as Christians that it puts forward.
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