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March 18, 2011 by bobet888

…and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, “You fool,” will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

Matthew 5:20-26

March 18, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel

The Penetrating Power of Words
by Fr. Shawn Aaron

Words may edify or destroy, enhance or tarnish, heal or wound. It is rather striking that Jesus refers to insults towards “a brother or sister,” in other words, insulting those closest to us, especially those closest to our hearts. It is no revelation that those we love the most are also the ones most capable of wounding us deeply, and vice versa. What dagger could ever penetrate more than an unkind word from a loved one? The true revelation is that God takes each word we speak seriously. In fact, he will hold us accountable for them because the words are the outward manifestation of what we have in our hearts. The power of words reveals the weight of words.

Lord, I’m sorry for the hurtful words I have said to others, specially to those who are closest to me. Forgive me for the times I gave in to my anger and was blinded by my self-centeredness and pride. Lord, create in me a humble and loving heart, slow to anger, quick to forgive. Always remind me that I can never win God’s favor unless I do His will, and His will is always right and just. Amen.


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