From the Word of the Day
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5: 21-24)
As in the past days, Jesus is in line with the perfection of the law. He has recourse to the Decalogue, concretizing in an authoritative way His teaching as the foundation of Christian life, good relationships, and respect for others. It is no longer possible to approach the altar, to participate in the Liturgy without removing from your heart dissension with your brother or sister. We cannot live or get on with our very adversary unless we find a road to reconciliation. Walls must be transformed into bridges. The Law of Love flowed from the Cross; the very Passion of Christ appeals for forgiveness.
Today, I will slowly and profoundly pray the Our Father, the divine prayer that gives us the joy of being children of a merciful God.
The Voice of the Liturgy
Lord, without Your grace we are not able to reconcile with others, with our enemies. Forgive our egoism and give us the courage to love so that we may present our offering with complete sincerity in this Liturgy, as we await singing Your praises in the eternal Liturgy.