May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

  St. Barnabas

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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.” 

How do you reconcile differences? Are you willing to talk and work out the problem or do you get angry and want to fight? Can you settle your differences with love and an open heart? This is what Jesus is calling us to do. We must be open to talking about what divides us, without getting angry. We must do as Jesus commands or we will pay a penalty, if not in this world then in eternal life. How angry do you get? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I work so hard to not get angry, to forgive. Help Lord, when it gets hard, guide me and love me through my anger. In Jesus’ holy name I ask all this, Amen. 

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.


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