“Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus, speaking to His disciples, tells them that He has not come to abolish the law or the prophets but to fulfill them — with this fulfillment lasting until the end of time (Mt 5:17-19).  The consequences of breaking even a lesser commandment are seen above.  Keeping them all, on the other hand, makes one the greatest in the Kingdom.  Sin of any kind is abhorrent to God.  Jesus cautions all who hear His words that there are no “little” sins; we are not to get comfortable with vices we “allow” ourselves because we “don’t do anything really bad.”  All transgressions against the Lord harm His body the Church.  God knows our hearts and our actions, even if hidden from others (although not hidden forever: “For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light” — Lk 8:17).  Those in which we actively encourage others to emulate, or those that provide scandal by our public action, are even more harmful as they may encourage others to illicit action or discourage others about the goodness of mankind and/or Christianity.  Our conduct, whether or not we believe no other human being is cognizant of it, should always be aligned with the Church, whose founder and head is Christ.  We should do this primarily out of love for God and neighbor.  We do not wish to offend either but only to draw the latter to the Lord.  May all of our thoughts, words, and deeds glorify God and serve to bring others to Him.

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