Thursday, June 11, 2009
It is the end of the work day - I'm ready to head on home. I was thinking of today's Gospel - Jesus' words "be reconciled with your brother before you leave your gift at the altar". These words make for a good end-of-day examination of conscience. If you did not read todays Gospel, maybe you can read it now - reflect - will you rest easy tonight? do you have some repair work to do before your night prayer? Have a safe drive home....
The Gospel according to Matthew 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."