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Do not be angry, be reconciled

Rom 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, bless us with greater trust that you are nearby and long to help. Dear Father, bless and empower us to be the person you want us to be. Fill us with your Spirit so that we may live our life here more like Jesus lived his life here on earth. In the name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (March 18, 2011)
Friday of the First Week of Lent
First Reading:  Ezekiel 18:21-28
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 130:1-2,3-4,5-7a,7bc-8
Gospel:  Matthew 5:20-26
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 5:20-26)
What is the remedy for overcoming anger? It is simple. Mercy, patience, and kindness spring from a heart full of love and pardon. God has forgiven us and he calls us to expand mercy and forgiveness towards those who reason of our grief or harm. On the cross of Jesus we see the highest example of love and the power for conquering evil. Only God's love and grace can put our hearts and minds free from the autocracy of wounded pride and spiteful revenge. Do you harbor any anger towards any more persons? And are you fast to be reconciled when a break has been caused in your relationships? Let us ask God to put us free and to fill our heart and mind with his love and truth. Sin doesn't just happen; it first cultivates as a seed in one's heart. Unless it is mastered, by God's refinement, it grows like a wild plant and chokes the life out of us. Jesus spoke to this issue of keeping the commandments with his followers. The scribes and Pharisees associated righteousness with satisfying the demands of the rule. Jesus demonstrated them how short they had come. Jesus points to the heart as the seat of longing, choice, and intention. Unless prohibited and evil desires are pulled up and cut-out, the heart will be fatal and the body becomes a slave to sin and passion. Jesus illustrates his point with the instance of the commandment to not kill. Murder first starts in the heart as the kernel of prohibited anger that grows within until it springs into words and actions against one's brother or fellow citizen. This is a selfish anger that clutches and is long-lived, that nurses a grudge and keeps wrath warm, and that refuses to die. Anger in the heart as well as annoyance in speech or action are equally forbidden. The Lord Jesus commands by loveliness – take away the anger in your heart and there will be not be assassination.
(Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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