June 14 – Thursday
Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1: 1 KGS 18:41-46
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 65
It is right to praise you in Zion, O God.
Gospel: MT 5:20-26
Be reconciled to your brother
Are you ever driven by anger, rage, or revenge? The first person to hate his brother was Cain, the son of Adam and Eve. God warned Cain: Why are you angry? ..Sin is couching at the door; it’s desire is for you, but you must master it. Sin doesn’t just happen to us – it first grows as a tiny seed in our heart. Then it grows like a weed and chokes the vine and all its fruit.
Forbidden anger must be uprooted from our heart
Jesus addressed the issue of keeping the commandments with his disciples. The scribes and Pharisees equated righteousness with satisfying the outward observance of the law. Unless evil and forbidden desires are eradicated, the heart will be corrupted. Jesus points to forbidden anger with one’s brother. This is a selfish anger that broods and is long-lived, that nurses a grudge and keeps wrath warm, and that refuses to die. Harboring anger in the heart as well as anger in speech and action are equally forbidden by God.
Prayer: We pray all together thePrayer of Eusebius, 3rd century
“May I be no man’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me: and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly. When visiting those in grief may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain. May I respect myself. May I always keep tame that which rages within me. May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances. May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps.”