Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Reflection by Kathy Mallery Schober
Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:20-26
Ouch! This is a difficult Gospel Reading for reflection. Here Jesus tells us not to be angry with one another. Not to call one another fools. Not to come to the altar until we are first reconciled with one another.
There are people in our lives who may have been particularly hurtful, sometimes even cruel to us. This is especially difficult when the hurt or betrayal comes from someone very close to us. Blessedly, we have in Jesus, a Savior Who is quite familiar with this type of pain.
In our wounded and fallen nature, perhaps we would do best to simply turn to Jesus and ask for the grace and courage we need to forgive others as He has forgiven us.
For myself, forgiving the deepest wounds is a process. I need this grace and courage every day. And with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I am able to forgive and release more freely and deeply day by day. A healing process indeed.
Father, forgive them. And help me to forgive them too.
What can I do, pray, or say today to help me to forgive and be reconciled to others?
Jesus, I know that Your words are truth and life. Show me today how I can be reconciled to others so that I may approach You, open and ready to receive Your grace.
Copyright 2022 Kathy Mallery Schober
Kathy Mallery Schober directs Faith Formation, catechizing for over 25 years, and holds a graduate degree in education. As a public speaker and educator, she has earned awards for her work with families and children. Kathy Mallery Schober created the Domestic Church channel, creating and posting videos to enrich Catholic homes. She also shares reflections on 8th Station: Women Disciples.