When I first started teaching religion, what quickly became clear is that simply memorizing information does not automatically lead to discipleship. Just because a student knows a bunch of truths of the faith does not mean the same student will make changes to live a life in union with Jesus. I soon discovered students in the classroom who knew all of the right information but did not believe it to be true. I realized that I need to help foster what to do with the information. I needed to begin to provide opportunities for prayer, for practice.
The readings today emphasize deep understanding. Too often there can be a temptation to stop at the surface. I do not kill. That should be enough. No, I need to avoid the ways in which anger can kill. I must not only meet the letter of the law, but must go deeper to meet the spirit of the law. How do I know I am deeper than the surface of the Word of God? By getting to know the Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.