Lord, the unmet promises, the failed expectations, the betrayals, have sent deep pain into our lives. Knowing how to channel our anger so we remain healthy is not always easy. Help us to avoid the pit of resentment and revenge as we move forward in truth and courage. Keep us focused on living in love as you bless us with your protection and wisdom.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!
One way to keep a hot air balloon from soaring is to weigh it down with bags of sand. We have all seen how a number of weights keep the balloon stranded on the earth. Untie those weights, and then it will begin to soar.
So, too, with the human heart. Our hearts remain stranded upon the earth as long as they are weighed down by the resentments that life’s struggles attach to us. Sometimes our angers are completely unjustified. Very often they arise from real wrongs we have suffered. Still, even justified anger can solidify into resentments that distract our attention from the life of freedom in the Spirit to which we are called.
Today Christ is asking us to untie our hearts–or even better, allow him to untie our hearts–from the resentments that bind us. Even the greatest sinner, even the person who has hurt us the most, is an object of God’s love. God calls even that person to repentance and salvation. Jesus calls them–call us–to walk the path of repentance, mercy, and forgiveness. Why? Because his love wants what is best for them. Can we not pray for the same?
—Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations/).