Reflection on Matthew 5:20-26 ~
How people behave is often shaped by their circumstance. I try to keep this in mind as I learn to minimize my reaction to an offense. In all honesty, I still have interior frustration even if I limit my outward response. In truth, it is a righteousness test, as improving how I handle myself in these situations does not come easy. I still have to remember to quickly seek Christ’s help to resolve turmoil, because peace comes and I can forgive and forget.
Matthew 5 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 5:20-26.