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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor of the Church
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Corinthians 3:154:1, 3-6
Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:
On various occasions I have spoken with people who have said that they had no need of the Sacrament of Reconciliation/confession, because they did not break the commandments. That was the thinking of the scribes and the Pharisees who looked at the law and sought to obey it exactly. (Matthew 5:20-26)
Jesus wanted us to know that the path of holiness is not based merely on literal obedience to God's law, but that one should recognize the foundation, the spirit and the fulfillment of God's desire for us to become holy. Love of God and of neighbor should motivate us to obey the SPIRIT of the law.
If we fail to obey and to live this "spirit of the law," we need to be reconciled with those we have hurt, and we also need to be reconciled with the Church.* That's food for thought, for eternal life.
O Lord Jesus,
As You have given us a new commandment,
To love one another as You love,
Guide us to live in the shadow of Your cross
So that the power and wisdom of God are with us.
- Deacon James W. Chaufty | send comments to: goobie2(at)frontier.net
* Also note that ANGER is the motive behind murder, just as the insulting epithets are steps that may lead to it. They, as well as the deed, are all forbidden. Raqa: an Aramaic word probably meaning "imbecile," "blockhead," a term of abuse.
Search and find "Raqa": See the 2nd search result, footnote for Matthew 5:22
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