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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061517.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 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 are you on forgiveness? When you come to Church, do you have hatred or anger in your heart? Are there persons in your life that you need to forgive but think you cannot? Bring your hatred and anger to the Lord, ask for His help to forgive, otherwise you will be liable to judgement. What you harbor against those in your life need to see the light of the cross. Jesus forgave those who killed Him, how can you do any less?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the gift of forgiveness. By realizing how much you have forgiven me, for knowing your love and mercy, how could I not forgive those who have hurt me. Your grace is enough for me to heal and be healed. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

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