9th June 2022

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST – Dum Tacet Clamat

THURSDAY, TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

 

(Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest)

 

1 Kgs 18: 41-46;                    Ps 65: 10-13;              Mt 5: 20-26

 

Proper Readings: Is 6:1-4,8/Heb 2:10-18;              Ps 23; Jn 17:1-2,9,14-26


 

FORGIVENESS BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS

In today’s gospel, Jesus says, ‘If your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of Heaven’. He expects his disciples to be better than the scribes and the Pharisees, who considered themselves the best in the society. The scribes and the Pharisees practiced the law and were not involved in killing and in anti-social activities. So they thought they were better than others. Jesus wanted his disciples to exceed the law, and emphasised on real virtue that lies in heart. Not only abstaining from killing others that matters but also abstaining from harbouring anger, grudges and revenge. He appealed to his followers to love their brothers and sisters taking him as the model.

If we cannot be at peace with our brothers and sisters whom we can see, we cannot build a relationship with God whom we cannot. That is why he says ‘…leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering’. God forgives us all the time. Jesus too had mercy on all who came to him, no matter how grave their sins were. Even while he was suffering on the cross, he looked at his persecutors standing below and ridiculing him, with compassion, and even pleaded with the Father not to hold the sin against them.

We need to learn to look into the hearts of the people, instead of their mistakes and failures alone. This will help us try to understand them instead of condemning them. ‘In your anger do not sin; do not let the sun go down while you are still angry’ (Eph 4:26); which means, do not hold a grudge and wait to take revenge. Forgiveness builds our relationship with God and with others.

‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest is a memorial celebrated annually on the first Thursday after Pentecost


Response: Praise is due to you in Sion, O God.


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