Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021916.cfm
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. 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.”
Do you have someone in your life that needs to be forgiven? Jesus tells us we must forgive those we are angry with or we will be subject to judgement. We are to settle our differences and make peace. If not we will have to pay the price, if not here on earth than once we die. Where will you spend your eternity? Is not forgiving that person worth and eternity of hell?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, if there is anyone in my life I need to forgive, please bring them to my mind and guide me in the way of forgiveness. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?