Posted by: livingscripture | March 14, 2014

First Friday in Lent

From the Word of the Day

I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”

                                                                                             Matthew 5:  20                                                                


How should we live this Wordcommunity

Scribes and Pharisees were not ‘escaped prisoners’.  Rather, they made themselves noticed because in general they were strict observers of the Law given to Moses by God.  Jesus is clear about not scolding them in that regard.  What preoccupies Him is that He sees that these persons, who are called to be the leaders of the people, hide an evil, the root of another evil, the lack of love.

It is for this and only for this, that He demands from His disciples something that is absolutely new: a righteousness that is not played out on the desire to make a good show of oneself.  Rather it is rooted in the commandment that summarizes the whole Law.  It is the love of God expressed above all in love of neighbor.  This is why He tells us that if we are performing a devotional practice as an offering to God in a sanctuary, and we recall that there is a rapport not marked by benevolence with someone, we must first make right our relationship with our neighbor.

Lent is the springtime of grace from this point of view.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me to have a loving relationship with everyone.

Lord, give me the courage of benevolence.  Let my righteousness exist in the continual pruning of my thoughts, attitudes, tendencies that are not permeated with love.  Change my heart.  Fill it with love that is ready to take the first step in bringing peace and harmony.

The voice of Pope Paul VI

In the exercise of all freedoms, we must observe the moral principle of personal and social responsibility.  In exercising our rights, each human being and social group is held, in virtue of the moral law, to have regard for the rights of others, and one’s own duties toward others and toward the common good.  We must act with justice and humanity toward all.


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