Thursday, June 10, 2010
In the gospel today Christ calls us to take a good long look in the mirror. He reminds us that you can't talk out both sides of your mouth, professing to be Christian on the one hand, and harboring resentment or anger in the other. When Jesus uses the word brother, he may mean 'neighbor or friend' but if we are honest, it really is our relations with which we have the hardest time living the gospel.
One more thing: If you have siblings with whom you should reconcile, consider doing your part by apologizing or forgiving. Family relationships are complicated, but teaching your children now how to effectively communicate with one another will go a long way toward building a foundation for their future relationship. Jesus shows us that wrongs done, no matter how small, should be recognized and resolved. How easily does your family apologize and forgive?
Prayer: Father of mercy, you are always willing to forgive me when I have done wrong. Thank you for your infinite mercy. Help me to be as ready to forgive and just as ready to apologize. Help me to model and teach this same spirit of mercy to my children so that they too will be a reflection of you. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Blessed Joachima, pray for me.
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