Posted by: frburke23 | February 26, 2015

Thought for Friday, 1st Week of Lent

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother, Raqa,
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

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I will be speaking at the ManUp2015 Conference at St. Edward’s Parish in Pembroke Pines, FL on Friday, February 27th.  So if you are in south Florida please come to the men’s conference.  It would be great to meet you in person.

As we continue our spring training, we focus today on love and mercy.  Jesus tells us that we have to be holier than the scribes and Pharisees, who tried to keep the law outwardly, but inwardly were filled with malice and deceit.  Jesus wants us to look below the surface.  He goes on to say that not only are we not to kill anyone, but if we are angry with someone, we are “liable to judgment”. 

Before we approach the altar, Jesus asks us to reconcile with that person.  At Mass, we bring our gifts of bread and wine to the altar, along with all of the people that we hold in our hearts and prayers.  Jesus blesses these gifts, sanctifies them and then gives them back to us in the Eucharist.  The Eucharist is the greatest sign of communion and union with God and with our brothers and sisters.  If we are holding a grudge against someone, go and forgive or ask for mercy, and then return to receive the Lord in the Eucharist.

This is easier said than done.  But Lent is a great time to reflect on our relationships.  When we hold a grudge, we are not hurting the other person.  We are actually keeping ourselves bound by holding on to the hurt.  Let it go. Give it to Jesus on the cross.  Repeat His words from the cross, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”  Ask for His grace to show His love and mercy to those who have hurt us.

Who do you need to forgive?

Who do you need to ask for mercy?

Reconcile today and experience the freedom of God’s grace and mercy.

God bless you,

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

San Mateo 5,20-26.

Les aseguro que si la justicia de ustedes no es superior a la de los escribas y fariseos, no entrarán en el Reino de los Cielos.
Ustedes han oído que se dijo a los antepasados: No matarás, y el que mata, debe ser llevado ante el tribunal.
Pero yo les digo que todo aquel que se irrita contra su hermano, merece ser condenado por un tribunal. Y todo aquel que lo insulta, merece ser castigado por el Sanedrín. Y el que lo maldice, merece la Gehena de fuego.
Por lo tanto, si al presentar tu ofrenda en el altar, te acuerdas de que tu hermano tiene alguna queja contra ti,
deja tu ofrenda ante el altar, ve a reconciliarte con tu hermano, y sólo entonces vuelve a presentar tu ofrenda.
Trata de llegar en seguida a un acuerdo con tu adversario, mientras vas caminando con él, no sea que el adversario te entregue al juez, y el juez al guardia, y te pongan preso.
Te aseguro que no saldrás de allí hasta que hayas pagado el último centavo.

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Estaré hablando en la Conferencia ManUp2015 en la Parroquia de San Eduardo (St. Edward’s) en Pembroke Pines, FL, el Viernes 27 de febrero. Así que si tú estás en el sur de Florida por favor ven a la conferencia de hombres. Sería genial conocerte en persona.

A medida que continuamos nuestro entrenamiento de primavera, hoy nos enfocamos en el amor y la misericordia. Jesús nos dice que tenemos que ser más santos que los escribas y fariseos, quienes trataron de guardar la ley exteriormente, pero interiormente estaban llenos de malicia y engaño. Jesús quiere que veamos debajo de la superficie. Él sigue para decir que no sólo estamos para no matar a nadie, pero si estamos enojados con alguien, somos “llevados  ante el tribunal”.

Antes de que nos acerquemos al altar, Jesús nos pide que nos reconciliemos con esa persona. En la misa, traemos nuestros regalos de pan y vino al altar, junto con todas las personas que tenemos en nuestros corazones y oraciones. Jesús bendice estos regalos, los santifica y luego nos los da de nuevo en la Eucaristía. La Eucaristía es la muestra más grande de comunión y unión con Dios y con nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Si estamos guardando rencor contra alguien, vayan y perdonen o pidan misericordia, y luego vuelvan para recibir al Señor en la Eucaristía.

Esto es más fácil decirlo que hacerlo. Pero la Cuaresma es un buen momento para reflexionar en nuestras relaciones. Cuando guardamos rencor, no estamos lastimando a la otra persona. En realidad, estamos manteniéndonos aprisionados al aferrarnos a la herida. Déjalo ir. Dénselo a Jesús en la cruz. Repitan Sus palabras en la cruz: “Padre perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen.” Pidan Su gracia para mostrarle Su amor y misericordia a aquellos que nos han herido.

¿A quién necesitas perdonar?
¿A quién necesitas pedir misericordia?
Reconcíliate hoy y experimenta la libertad de la gracia y la misericordia de Dios.

Dios los bendiga,
Padre Burke
https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. The ManUp2015 Conference is in for a real treat. Keeping your ministry in prayer, Fr. Burke.

  2. All I can say is, ” Wow!” This jouney just keeps getting better and better… It’s been a whole year now Father and it’s finally happening … I’m going to get to make my confirmation … This has probably been one of the hardest journies of my life … If I had gotten instant gratification I wouldn’t appreciate this gift as much as I do now… I’ve become closer to God than I ever could imagine and my husband too… God truly is amazing … Thank you for virtually holding my hand and teaching me SO much… I am eternally grateful.

    GBY!

    • Great news! Blessings on your Confirmation!


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