Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26
Key verses: (22-26) But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
Reflection: We have learned with parables that Jesus teaches around the edges. When Matthew throws out the heavy issues of divorce, murder, and adultery, dig deeper. Jesus uses issues from real life but is always inviting the hearer (or reader) to think on their own. If we look beyond the immediate problem, we find the brokenness of relationships.
Following Jesus is not about the rules or even how to be a good person. It is about God picking up the broken pieces of our lives and forming them into something new.
Take a minute to stop today. Own your brokenness and look to the edges where Jesus is waiting to speak new life into life.
Prayer: God, enter the messy places of our lives and give us hope for new life. In the name of your Son we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].