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Any man who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery (Mt 5, 27-32))

Posté par diaconos le 14 juin 2019

 Friday, June 14, 2019

 150Adultery in the Heart

27 “You have heard that it was said [a]to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to [b]sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to [c]sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding

31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except [d]sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. (Mt 5, 27-32)


You have heard that it has been said: You will not commit adultery. Well, I tell you : « Any man who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. «

You know that the elders were told: « You will not commit adultery ». Do not covet any woman other than your wife. You expect your wife to be faithful and you wouldn’t be faithful to her ? It is shameful to say, « I can’t do that ! « .  How, what the woman can do, her husband can’t ?

Do not say : « I have no wife, I will seek a courtesan, and I will not violate the commandment that defends adultery ; for you know what you are worth, you know what you eat and what you drink, or rather you know what becomes your food and drink. Therefore, refrain from any fornication.

Through fornication and the overflows of libertine, you degrade the image of God that you carry within yourself. Also the Lord who knows what is useful to you, commands you not to let his temple, which he has begun to build in your soul, collapse under the dissolving blows of criminal voluptuousness.

But since the Pharisees thought that the only carnal union with another’s wife was forbidden under the name of adultery, Jesus taught them that the only desire for this union was already adultery : « But I tell you, whoever has looked upon a woman to covet her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. »

As for this commandment of the law : « You shall not desire your neighbour’s wife » (Ex 20,17; Deut 5,21), the Jews heard it from the rapture of another’s wife, not from the carnal union.

There is this difference between the true passion and the first movement that precedes it, that passion is regarded as a real vice, whereas this first movement, without being entirely innocent, is not so criminal in nature. He who, at the sight of a woman, feels a bad desire to touch his soul, experiences the first touches of passion.

If he gives his consent, the nascent passion turns into consumed passion, and it is not the will to sin that this man lacks, it is the opportunity. So, anyone who sees a woman to covet her has committed adultery in her heart in all truth.

According to Saint-Augustin, three things contribute to the consumption of sin, suggestion, delight and consent. The suggestion comes from memory or the senses. If pleasure is found in the idea of jouissance, this criminal delight must be repressed; if consent is given, sin is complete. However, before consent, delectation is null or light, it is a sin to consent to it when it is unlawful; if it goes as far as consuming the act, it seems that the passion is satisfied and as if it has been extinguished.

He whose eyes wander without precaution over external objects almost always falls into the delight of sin.  If you continually focus your eyes on beautiful faces, you will be caught infallibly because you are not superior to human nature. But he who looks at a woman and lights a guilty flame in his heart, preserves in his soul, even in the absence of that woman, the image of actions that modesty reproves, and he almost always ends up doing so.

If a woman, for her part, dresses with the intention of attracting the attention of men, she makes herself worthy of eternal punishment, even though she would not have hurt anyone with her evil ideas. What Jesus Christ says to men, he also says to women, because when he speaks to the chief, he speaks to the whole body.

 It is not enough to avoid sin alone, it is also necessary to make the opportunity disappear; also, after having taught us to flee from consummated adultery, and, inner adultery, Jesus teaches us to remove from our hearts the opportunities for sin, adding: « If your right eye is an opportunity for you to fall, pull it out and throw it away from you; for it is advantageous for you that only one of your members perishes, and that your whole body is not thrown into hell.  » (Mt 5:29)

This right eye, this right hand, therefore, signifies the affection we have for brothers, for a wife, for parents, for relatives; if it becomes for us an obstacle to contemplating the true light, we must remove these dear parts from ourselves. Just as the eye is the figure of contemplation, the hand is the figure of action.

The eye is still for us the image of one of our dearest friends, so those who want to express their affection strongly say: I love it as one of my eyes. This friend, whose eye is the face, is a friend of good advice, just as the eye is used to show us the way. The right hand represents the friend who helps us in spiritual works, the left hand the one who helps us in the things of the present life.

Let us flee the opportunities for adultery. Let us not let our eyes linger on what invites us to sin. Let us purify our senses for meditation and worship. May God help us everywhere and always. 

Deacon Michel Houyoux

External links

◊ Cliken Sie hier for more information→  « Whoever Looks at a Woman With Lust »: misinterptrted Bible

Joshua Harris – Jesus on Lust – Matthew 5:27-30

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