Gospel of the day

Friday February 23, 2018

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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."

Reflection

Commentary Saint Cyprian
God has ordained that men should dwell peaceably and of one accord with each other, that they should live “of one mind in his house” (Ps 67,7 Vulg.). He desires that, once reborn in baptism, we should persevere in that condition in which our second birth has placed us. He desires that, since we are children of God, we should remain in God’s peace and that, since we have received the one Spirit, we should live in unity of heart and mind. This is the reason why God does not receive the sacrifice of the man who lives in dissension. He decrees that we should leave the altar to be reconciled first of all with our brother so that God may accept the prayers offered to him in peace. The greatest sacrifice we can offer to God is our peace; it is fraternal harmony; and it is a people gathered together by that unity which exists between Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All for the greater glory of God.

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