We have all heard of the Sermon on the Mount, but I fear that some would not know exactly what it is or where to find it. Saint Luke, in his chapter 6, gives a brief synopsis of Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount in its more complete form is found in Saint Matthew’s gospel, chapters 5, 6, and 7. It contains Our Lord’s basic teaching on the Christian life, and is one of the most sublime and beautiful sections of Sacred Scripture. Saint Matthew presents it as having been delivered on one occasion as Our Lord was speaking to a crowd of listeners on a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Because of the orderly way in which he grouped his material, it may be that Saint Matthew put all the moral maxims of Jesus together even though they were said at various times during his public life.
In any case, try to remember that chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Saint Matthew’s gospel are what are collectively called The Sermon on the Mount. It provides endless food for thought and prayer for every person who is interested in knowing more about the Christian moral life and improving his and her own relationship with God and fellow men. Just as in the field of physical medicine, our health care-givers take our blood pressure, our temperature, our rate of heartbeat, etc., so in the spiritual life, if we want to know how we are doing, we have only to read the Sermon on the Mount and then ask ourselves: “How am I doing in practicing these beautiful injunctions of our Blessed Lord?” Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.