You Fool – Good News for June 10

10 06 2009

Matthew 5:20-26

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.”

The Daily Path: While reading today’s passage it occurred to me that while I continue struggle with anger harbored against a few in my life, there may be many people who still harbor anger towards me for a lifetime of transgressions. I never killed anyone, but I know I caused harm. Perhaps enough harm to kill something inside of them. Self esteem. Creativity. Confidence. Love.

I wish a voice inside of me had called out “You fool! Look at the damage you’re causing in this person’s life!” Perhaps as I reflect on the cause of my own shortfalls I will in turn be able to overcome the anger in my heart. And in doing so, perhaps those who still harbor anger towards me will be granted the grace of peace and find it in their heart to forgive me.

Room to Chat: Let’s not forget that Christ is there with us every moment of every day. Perhaps remembering that will help us overcome the anger and replace it with compassion.




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