Mt 5:20-26 Taking The High Road

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Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jesus said his disciples:  “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”

Taking the high road.  So what is this righteousness?  What must I do in order to surpass the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees?  Answer:  I must do what the Lord has done.  I must take the initiative and seek reconciliation.

This is the high road (righteousness), especially when I know I am right! :)  

Christ came into the world to save, not to destroy. He came to love, not to gloat.  He came to forgive, not to condemn.  He came show us the way, not to keep it a mystery.

Each morning we begin.  A new day as dawned.  A new me has risen.  Today does not need to be like yesterday. I can right a wrong.  I can make a correction.  I can fix a fault.  I can reach out a little further.  I can show a little bit more compassion and love.  I can speak a little less.  I can listen a little more.  I can be much slower to judge and much faster to help. 

This is the life of a hard working Christian.  This is the vision of an early morning saint.  Every day is another opportunity to growth.

As St. Paul once wrote:  “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (cf. Phil 4:8).

What a wonderful thought.  I plan on reading this scripture verse every morning during the summer months.

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