There are four “you have heard it said . . .” statements countered by Jesus adding, “but I say to you . . .”; there are two more next Sunday. This is an Eastern style of teaching. In each case, the point is one’s maturation in keeping the law as one moves the law from being a mere external act of obligation to an internal act of the will choosing God. In no case does Jesus abrogate the law, but rather deepens its meaning and practice for the disciple. The readings this Sunday present a rich banquet to deliberate in our prayers and preparations for Mass.