Thursday 13th June, 2013
St Anthony of Padua. 2 Corinthians 3:15 – 4:1, 3-6. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land. Ps 84(85):9-14. Matthew 5:20-26.
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'Go and be reconciled with your brother!'
Today's gospel is a lesson in forgiveness. We may think all is well if we live within the law. But if we look into our heart we might discover we’re really no better than the scribes and Pharisees. This is the sort of uprightness Jesus speaks about.
Let us ask ourselves: Am I angry with someone? Do I avoid someone because I believe he or she has offended me? Is there someone I am unfairly judging? Jesus always insists that the responsibility for reconciliation rests more with the one offended than the offender. How can we expect God to forgive us if we withhold forgiveness from our brother or sister?
May we find time today to reflect on our inner feelings, to ask God to help us to have the courage to reach out with love and forgiveness, especially when we are hurt or misunderstood.