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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 13, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Lessons in true love by our Lord Jesus often seem extremely difficult especially when we hold on to our prideful ways, woundedness, anger, our own sense of righteousness. How can we forgive those who hurt us so deeply? Who infuriates us? Who may have even caused us physical pain? Who betrayed our trust?

Have we withheld forgiveness? Have we exacted our own brand of justice on those who have hurt us? Have we lashed out at them? Have we spewed vulgarities at them in anger? Have we screamed and shouted at them? Have we allowed our hands to cause hurt? Have we killed their spirit?  Do we think or say to ourselves, ” I am justified by my actions..” “Any human being would have reacted in the same way..”

Jesus is calling us to a higher standard, He does not want us to be ordinary or normal. He is calling us to holiness, to be extraordinary, to be in essence Christ for others. He wants us to experience His love and share His love with our sisters and brothers. We can only do so when we learn to forgive, so that we can be liberated to love. He forgave us from the cross, can we do any less?

Gospel Matthew 5:20–26

20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 21 “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; 26 truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.