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dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Andy, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 228en_US
dc.description.abstractIf you, O Lord, laid bare our guilt| who could endure it? Ps. 130| Unless your holiness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees you shall not enter the kingdom of God. Mt. 5.|How could our holiness possibly "surpass" that of the people of Jesus' day who obeyed every letter of the law? Jesus tells us that there is a "holiness" that takes us deeper than letter of the law fidelity. It must of been a startling but wonderful message for his first hearers, for Matthew's community, and for the early Catechumens preparing for Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil. They could, indeed, surpass the holiness of perfect observance of the law. It is a wonderful word for us in our Lenten journey.|Most, if not all, of us can boast of never having committed murder. Today Jesus asks us to reflect upon those times, those relationships in which something deadly has happened. His challenge to us is that we not only avoid murder, but that we commit ourselves to being reconcilers. No harsh, wound inflicting words. No dirty fighting. No manipulative, passive-aggressive, revengeful stuff. Perhaps no punishing silence.|He even says that if, while I'm "bringing my gift to the altar," I recall that "someone has something against me," I should leave my gift at the altar and go work on reconciliation. What that might mean for each of us is incredible. How many times, when I'm trying to pray, am I distract by the felt memory of something I've done, or failed to do, in this or that relationship! This seems to be an invitation from Jesus to "put down" my efforts to put that "distraction" away so I can pray. Jesus is calling me to start reflecting upon my need to be reconciled with my sister or brother.|Reconciliation begins with experiencing sorrow and asking for forgiveness. Saying, "I'm sorry, please forgive me," is a wonderful breakthrough moment. However, there is much deep, rich reflection and personal conversion that can, and perhaps must, accompany this level of reconciliation. Why did I do what I did? What was I choosing, reacting to, or making a point about? In what part of this conflict was I being selfish, stubborn, wanting it my way? What part involved a call to surrender, let go, or compromise? Is some part of this fight a "cover-up" for some real sin on my part? Am I being dishonest in this relationship, in some way? Was my anger really about something else? Did it come out of an insecurity, a tender spot, a vulnerable place because of past hurts? Is some part of this fight revealing a need for healing in me, a need for me to turn to the Lord for forgiveness and mercy?|Lord, grant me your tender mercy. Let me experience your unconditional love. Fill my heart with healing. Let your love calm every storm in my heart. Let your compassion find its way into every place within me that is unreconciled with you, and with others. Then, Lord, send me forth, accompanied by your own compassion and peace. May all conflict and division, all hurt and hatred, be quenched by mercy. Let there be reconciliation on earth, and let it begin with me.|If you, O Lord, mark iniquities,| Lord, who can stand? |But with you is forgiveness, |that you may be revered. Psalm 130en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, March 9, 2001: 1st week in Lent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCollaborative Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorAlexander, Andrew F., S.J.en_US 1en_US
dc.subject.local1Ezekiel 18:21-28en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 5:20-26en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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