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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 26 A..D. 2010


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Ezekiel 18:21-28
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8
Matthew 5:20-26


A reflection on today's Scripture:





But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to Judgment. . . . (see Matthew 5:22)

In keeping with Lent, today's readings advise reconciliation, setting aside differences and realizing that all of us are less than perfect beings. Though prone to error, many remain enslaved to pride, unable to admit their mistakes nor free themselves of grudges held against those whom they believe have wronged them.

Hoarding anger rather than being forgiving destroys inner peace, sours our outlook on people and prevents building genuine, trusting and loving relationships within family, community and between nations. We defeat our every chance of living in the joy and mental calm that God intended for us.

Ezekiel refers to a rule in Deuteronomy that each person is accountable for his personal behavior. He continues by adding that if a sinful person ceases sinning by having a true change of heart, in God's eyes he will go from death to life. However, if a man of integrity radically changes and causes ongoing misery through wicked actions, his former good deeds will not be counted; he has forfeited his life in God.

Jesus speaks of anger as being potentially the most deadly of human reactions, for if it is not expiated by grace, it can lead to hatred which may manifest itself in retribution. This may begin with trying to teach our wrongdoer a lesson but settles nothing. Instead it will surely escalate disputes as parties engage in nasty words and actions, trying to win the argument. What began with hurt feelings capable of being mended, and differences resolved and forgiven, can result in generations of animosity. Christ speaks of such people being deposed to Gehenna, a permanent, self-alienation from God.

O Redeemer God,
impress on us the need to suppress our pride and to value peace by calling upon Your grace to truly forgive others as You have forgiven us.
Amen.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com


Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday of the First Week of Lent



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