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Saint Polycarp February 23, 2018

by Arlenne Villahermosa last modified Feb 21, 2018 06:11 AM

Mt 5:20-16 Jesus said, "But I say to you..."

Saint Polycarp

Readings of the Day

Mt 5:20-16

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.
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."

 

 

Point for Reflection:

Jesus said, "But I say to you..."

It is good to look into the spirit behind the law and everything that we say or do.  We can do this in prayerful reflection on the reason/motivation for our actions, decisions and what we say.  Let us pray to the Holy Spirit for humility and openness.

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