11th of March

Publié le 10 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Mt 5:20-26): 

 

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny”.

 

The Application

 

This demand of Jesus, though apparently looks little difficult for some of us to realise, particularly with people who wilfully hurt us and continue to hurt us, seems to be Jesus, as a possibility. This is the core of our own identity as Christians. Without this, we can’t identify ourselves with Jesus, who was able to forgive, even on the cross. He has initiated a new tradition and such a wonderful example can’t be ignored.

 

God, who is the Father of all men, would like all his children to live in peace and tranquillity. How can I say that I do not want to be reconciled with my brother or sister and yet I affirm that I love this God of love? Therefore, as a child of this merciful God, let us be just, just before men and also before this God who loves us.

 

Action of the day: Be good to everyone.
 

“Leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother”

 

Fr. Thomas LANE

(Emmitsburg, Maryland, United States)

 

Today, the Lord challenges us to convert as He speaks about what goes on in our hearts. The commandment says “You shall not kill” (Mt 5:21), but Jesus reminds us that there are other ways of killing life in others. We can kill life in others by harboring excessive anger towards them in our hearts or not treating them respectfully and calling them “Fool” (cf. Mt 5:22).

The Lord calls us to be people of integrity: “Leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother” (Mt 5:24), i.e. the faith we profess in our celebration of the Liturgy should flow over into our daily lives and affect how we live. So Jesus asks us to be reconciled with our enemies. A first step along the road to reconciliation is to pray for our enemies as Jesus requested. If we find this difficult it is good to remember and picture in our minds Jesus dying for those whom we dislike. If others have seriously hurt us let us pray for healing of painful memories and the grace to forgive. As you pray, ask the Lord to walk back in time with you to the time and place of the hurt and replace your hurt with his love so that you may be free to forgive.

As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote, “If we want to present ourselves to him, we must also take a step towards meeting one another. To do this we must learn the great lesson of forgiveness: we must not let the gnawing of resentment work in our soul, but must open our hearts to the magnanimity of listening to others, open our hearts to understanding them, eventually to accepting their apologies, to generously offering our own.”

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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