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

Link to today’s readings:

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.”

What a world this would be if we would do this. If we settled our differences without hatred and strong words, if we actually talked with those we have a disagreement with instead of suing or spreading rumors. What a world this would be if we loved instead of hated. What do you think? Can you love instead of hate? Hatred does not come from God and those who hate cannot abide in Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have shown me a way of love that surpasses all the hatred and distrust I had for this world. With your love all things ARE possible and I thank you for showing me the way. I pray others will find your way, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.


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